Homeless vet, couple in viral campaign faked story

Couple homeless man accused of making up story that earned $400K in donations

- A homeless man who benefited from a GoFundMe page set up by a New Jersey couple who said he helped them with a disabled vehicle has been arrested, and a prosecutor planned to announce developments Thursday in the criminal investigation of the couple.

A homeless man and a New Jersey couple may face charges in connection with allegations that they defrauded donors out of more than $400,000.

In case you've forgotten the details, Bobbitt is the homeless man who supposedly gave up his last $20 dollars to help a stranger named Kate McClure buy gas to get home. "It was fictitious and illegal and there are consequences".

After his arrest on Wednesday, Mr Bobbitt remains in custody and the couple were released pending a court date on 24 December.

On Wednesday, McClure and D'Amico turned themselves in. It's unclear exactly what parts of the story were allegedly made up, but NBC claims that the charges will include conspiracy and theft by deception. "He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more", McClure wrote on the GoFundMe page at the time.

"The paying-it-forward story that drove this fundraiser might seem too good to be true", Coffina said at a press conference.

In September, GoFundMe vowed to give Bobbitt the rest of the money that was donated to him, and it isn't clear whether that has happened or not.

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The charges come months after Bobbitt sued McClure and D'Amico, accusing them of withholding the money raised on his behalf. So he chose to sue the couple for fraud in August.

D'Amico said that he had been controlling Bobbitt's money and said that he would dole out more funds when Bobbitt got a job and quit using drugs.

Over the summer an attorney for Bobbitt accused the couple if mismanaging a large portion of the donations. D'Amico took a picture of McClure and Bobbitt that became the face of the GoFundMe campaign that they started hours later, Coffina said.

According to a report at NBC Philadelphia, the entire Johnny Bobbitt story was a scam from the beginning. Bobbitt hired a pro-bono attorney, who announced that instead of the full $402,000, Bobbitt only received $75,000, which he used for a camper and an SUV, instead of actual housing.

Bobbitt received $75,000, and within months McClure and D'Amico had "squandered" their share to buy a vehicle, high-end handbags and trips, Coffina said.

In late August, a New Jersey judge settled the matter by ruling that all remaining GoFundMe donations should be deposited in a trust overseen by Bobbitt's legal team.

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