Homeless veteran suing couple who raised $400,000 for him

02 September, 2018, 11:01 | Author: Donnie King
  • Helpful Homeless Man

Kate McClure set up a GoFundMe fundraiser for Johnny Bobbit after the homeless man gave her his last $20 to help her when she was stranded in Philadelphia.

The couple have denied the accusations and told the Today show on August 27 that they feared giving cash to Bobbitt after he spent $25,000 in less than two weeks.

File photo of Johnny Bobbitt, who brought a suit against Kate McClure and boyfriend Mark D'Amico for control of funds the couple raised on his behalf.

On Thursday, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Paula T. Dow ordered McClure and D'Amico to surrender the funds within 24 hours to an account controlled by Bobbitt's pro bono attorneys until the court could determine how to allocate the money to Bobbitt.

There are conflicting reports from the couple and Bobbitt about how the money was used and whether Bobbitt was a participant or a victim.

A guardian was not appointed to oversee the money, but one could be appointed at a later date.

Johnny Bobbitt became a viral sensation in October past year when he used his last $20 to buy petrol for Kate McClure, who was stranded after running out of fuel on a motorway exit ramp near Philadelphia.

The couple responded by starting an online appeal on GoFundMe, drawing contributions from more than 14,000 donors, but their relationship with Mr Bobbitt eventually soured as they accused him of using the money to feed a drug habit.

It all started after a homeless man used his last $20 to help a woman stranded on the side of the road.

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

While Bobbitt came out victorious in court, he wished he never had to go in the first place.

Ms McClure and Mr D'Amico have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing or misusing any of the money. 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 couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the funds and parked it on land McClure's family owns in Florence. But Bobbitt was kicked out in June, making him homeless again, according to NBC Philadelphia.

On Monday, McClure and D'Amico appeared on "Today", telling Megyn Kelly that about $150,000 was left, Fallon said.

Earlier this month, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier he was back to living on the streets, and believes the couple spent the remaining funds on themselves.

"We need to make sure the money is safe while a full accounting is done", Jacqueline Promislo, one of Bobbitt's lawyers, said before Thursday's hearing. That's why they took them to court, according to Bobbitt's lawyer Christopher C. Fallon.

During an appearance on USA television on Monday, D'Amico revealed there is well over $150,000 left of the donations.

He told the publication he's skeptical the last of the cash remained untouched, as he's seen McClure and D'Amico splash out on a new BMW, vacations and a helicopter ride.


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