New Jersey couple, homeless vet made up fundraising campaign

Johnny Bobbitt left with Kate Mc Clure and Mark D'Amico

Modal Trigger Johnny Bobbitt left with Kate Mc Clure and Mark D'Amico GoFundMe

A New Jersey couple who made national headlines after raising almost half a million dollars for a homeless man through a GoFundMe page is facing criminal charges. McClure and D'Amico later created a GoFundMe page, which went viral, to supposedly pay it forward to Bobbitt.

McClure, 28, and D'Amico, 39, created a GoFundMe page in November 2017, claiming the homeless, drug addict Bobbitt spent his last $20 to fill up McClure's empty gas tank after her auto broke down on I-95 near Philadelphia. More than 14,000 people raised more than $400,000.

A couple, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico, started the campaign which was sold as effort to raise money for Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless ex-Marine and North Carolina-native in Philadelphia. His office announced a major update in the case would be released Thursday afternoon, but multiple news outlets in Philadelphia that cover the South Jersey area said the three now face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception.

However, the happy story began to crack when Bobbitt accused the couple of stealing the money and using it to fund lavish trips to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and New York City.

In September, local authorities raided McClure and D'Amico's home and confiscated a pricey vehicle, cash, and jewelry, and bags of other related evidence.

The couple turned themselves in to authorities on Wednesday, but Bobbitt was still at large, the news station said.

Later that month, GoFundMe told KYW that it was working to ensure that Bobbitt received the money raised for him.

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