Homeless veteran sues couple who raised GoFundMe donations for him

Saul Bowman
September 3, 2018

According to the New York Post, Katie McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, had to give all the funds to their lawyer - after they had raised the money through a GoFundMe campaign for Johnny Bobbitt, according to Philadelphia's NBC10. They say they've been leery about giving him large sums of money because they're anxious he'll buy drugs.

Johnny Bobbitt received a haircut due to the generosity of Kate McClure, who raised more than $360,000 after Bobbitt helped her on the side of the road.

The touching tale of how Bobbitt used his last $20 to buy fuel for McClure spread rapidly online, with many who learned of it contributing to an online fundraising campaign launched by the couple.

Bobbitt and his lawyer are now claiming that the New Jersey couple have mismanaged a large portion of the donations they received.

A New Jersey judge ordered the couple that raised more than $400,000 on a GoFundMe campaign for a homeless veteran to return the remainder of the funds to him.

A friend of Bobbitt's told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he had a "good heart" and was a talented and smart paramedic, but his life took an unfortunate turn. Mr D'Amico has said Mr Bobbitt spent $25,000 (€21,500) in less than two weeks in December on drugs, in addition to paying overdue legal bills and sending money to his family.

"The irreparable harm will be if they spend any more of Mr. Bobbitt's money or, as Mr. D'Amico claimed, he'll burn the money before giving it to Mr. Bobbitt", said attorney for Johnny Bobbitt, Christopher Fallon.

However, less than a year later, Bobbitt says he is back on the streets after McClure and D'Amico failed to hand over the funds they raised for him.

Mr Bobbitt alleges that the couple sold his camper, gambled away some of his money and declined to provide him with any financial records.

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Johnny Bobbitt claims the couple are not giving him the money raised on his behalf

Indeed, D'Amico was belligerent over the situation.

"The idea that my clients are the bad guys, that they did everything, that they've expended funds for something other than Mr. Bobbitt, is completely not true", said the couple's lawyer, Ernest Badway.

This week, D'Amico told NBC Today host Megyn Kelly that more than $150,000 was left.

They are now preparing the accounting that will "show where the money went", Badway said.

Badway said that Bobbitt's attorneys have "done a great disservice to their client" because numerous thousands who donated to the fund have requested their money back.

D'Amico said in the TV interview: "I wanted to make sure that at the end of the day when he was ready, that there was something left for him".

Regardless, a New Jersey judge disagreed.

She added, "The money was never given for Mark or for Kate, but they put the money in their own personal account". "It's going to come down to a demonstration of all the money and where the money went".

Mr D'Amico told NBC that "every dollar" Mr Bobbitt "ever touched was used for drugs".

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