Florence Township Police Raid Home of Couple Who Raised $400K for Homeless Veteran
Back in November of last year, Johnny Bobbitt used his last $20 to get gas for a stranded motorist named Kate McClure. He even walked to the gas station and brought it back for her. In return for his kindness, McClure said she and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico were setting up a GoFundMe account for him that quickly went viral. After $402,000 came in, Bobbitt didn’t receive the money. On Thursday, Florence Township police raided the home of the couple and towed off the brand new BMW they purchased with his money.
BMW hauled away from Bordentown home where authorities executing search warrant. Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico accused of defrauding a homeless veteran of donations. pic.twitter.com/j6DANOmOUd
— Katherine Scott (@KScott6abc) September 6, 2018
“Due to the enormous public interest in this matter, I am confirming that a search warrant was executed early this morning by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Florence Township Police Department at the residence of Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt matter.” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina
The couple had promised Bobbitt a home that he could own. What they gave him was a camper and an old SUV that they registered in their names.
Blue Lives Matter reported,
“Initially, McClure said their plan was to get Bobbitt a house and his dream truck, a 1999 Ford Ranger, and Bobbitt said he planned to give some of the money to groups who helped him when he was struggling with homelessness, the Independent reported.
“He will never have to worry about a roof over his head again!!” the couple posted on GoFundMe.
The couple promised donors that they would hire an attorney and a financial planner to help Bobbitt manage the money and invest for his future, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
“The first thing on the list is a NEW Home which Johnny will own!!” McClure and D’Amico wrote on the GoFundMe page.
But that rosy picture quickly changed when the home McClure and D’Amico bought for Bobbitt was a camper, which they registered in their own names and parked on property belonging to D’Amico’s family.
They also bought him a television, a laptop, two cellphones, food, clothing, and a used SUV that quickly broke down, according to the Independent.
McClure and D’Amico claimed they put the camper and the SUV in McClure’s name so that Bobbitt couldn’t sell them, but the couple later sold both of the vehicles out from under Bobbitt, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Bobbitt sued the couple in late August. When his attorney contacted their attorney, he learned that all the money was gone. D’Amico admitted gambling away some of it, but claimed he gave it back. The judge ordered an accounting and to turn over the remainder of the money, but they failed to do so. They claim they put the money in their own accounts because Bobbitt would use it on drugs. (So they used it instead…how does that work?)
Bobbitt is currently in a residential drug treatment program according to his attorney. D’Amico and McClure are due to give depositions next week. Bobbitt’s attorney is working to have him give a deposition from the facility.
GoFundMe released a statement that said they were working with investigators to get him the donated money. They have already given $20,000 to an account set up by Bobbitt’s attorney for him.
When someone does a selfless act- such as give you their last $20 for gas- your act in return should also be selfless. Apparently that wasn’t the case in this situation.
Featured photo: screenshot via Blue LIves Matter