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GoFundMe Says They Will Give $400,000 to Homeless Veteran

10 September, 2018, 15:51 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Martin P. Duffey left Christopher C. Fallon Jr. center who are lawyers for Johnny Bobbitt and Ernest E. Badway right who is the lawyer for the Kate Mc Clure and Mark D'Amico listen during a hearing on missing funds in the Johnny Bobbitt case

Police have raided the home of a New Jersey couple accused of spending more than $400,000 that kind-hearted strangers had raised to help a homeless veteran. But further information on the search wasn't immediately available.

The fundraising page was set up to help the homeless man, from Philadelphia in the U.S., after news of him using his last $20 to help Ms McClure buy petrol when she became stranded on a Philadelphia highway went viral. She set up a GoFundMe page for him, which raised $400,000.

But an attorney for McClure and D'Amico said they provided Bobbitt with more than $200,000, according to CNN affiliates WPVI and KYW.

"There is in my mind about $300,000 that was raised for Johnny that he doesn't have - and that they now say they don't have."

McClure and D'Amico did not comply with that request.

According to media reports, a New Jersey judge hearing a civil lawsuit filed by Bobbitt ordered the couple to testify under oath on September 10 about what happened to the money. D'Amico said he kept $US200,000 - the amount that remained after paying for the camper, SUV and other expenses - in a savings account that he would gladly turn over to Bobbitt once the vet kicked an addiction to opioids and managed to hold down a job.

The 6abc was on the scene just after 8 a.m. Thursday showed a BMW in the driveway being loaded onto a truck outside the Burlington County home of Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico. McClure and D'Amico claimed that Bobbitt had wasted $25,000 and stolen their possessions to buy drugs.

"They went on shopping sprees", Promislo told the Post.

WPVI, the ABC television affiliate in Philadelphia, reports that an attorney for McClure and D'Amico tried to assert a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination for his clients.

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"I say I get rid of my team of lawyers you get rid of yours and Kate and I write you a check", D'Amico wrote in the message, according to the Inquirer.

Fallon said the veteran had only been given about $75,000.

The couple claimed they had spent about half the money on Bobbitt, but stopped giving him cash because he was using drugs.

At one point, the attorney asked that two suspected law enforcement officers sitting in the back of the courtroom identify themselves to the court.

A detective and assistant prosecutor from the Burlington County's Prosecutor's Office sat in the back of the courtroom during the hearing on Wednesday, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post reported.

GoFundMe and the law firm representing Bobbitt said he will receive all the money raised for him.

In court on Thursday, the couple agreed to let a forensic accountant open up their books to see where those fundraising dollars were deposited.

As the case drags on, GoFundMe is working with legal counsel and investigators to make sure Bobbitt gets what he's owed, Bobby Whithorne, a spokesman for the company said.

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