Cops on Thursday raided a New Jersey home and towed away a new BMW belonging to the couple accused of misusing thousands of dollars in donations raised for a homeless man.
Kate McClure, 28, and Mark D’Amico, 39,launched a successful GoFundMe effort that raised $400,000 for Johnny Bobbitt, who last Thanksgiving gave McClure $20 for gaswhen she ran empty in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood.
The feel-good story went south when Bobbitt sued the couple for allegedly misusing the donated money.
The dispute is now the subject of a civil lawsuit and police investigation.
Police took away the couple’s BMW and bags and boxes of unknown items from their home.
“Due to the enormous public interest in this matter, I am confirming that a search warrant was executed early this morning by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Florence Township Police Department at the residence of Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt matter,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina said in a prepared statement.
“As of this time, there have been no charges filed. Further updates will be provided as circumstances warrant.”
The 35-year-old Bobbitt said the couple raised $400,000 for him, but he’s only received about $75,000, a camper and a 19-year-old pickup truck. Bobbitt said the couple used the rest of the money to “enjoy a lifestyle they could not afford.”
In a pre-trial hearing in Bobbitt’s lawsuit on Wednesday, the couple’s lawyer insisted Bobbitt has received $200,000.
A judge has ordered the couple to give Bobbitt all money raised – but there’s none left, according to a lawyer for the homeless man.
McClure and D’Amico – who deny any wrongdoing – have also said they’ll give the rest of the money to Bobbitt once he’s drug-free and has a job.
Bobbitt is now in a drug addiction program.
Officials with GoFundMe and Bobbitt’s lawyer said Thursday that Bobbitt will get all the money donated to him.
“Johnny will be made whole and we’re committing that he’ll get the balance of the funds that he has not yet received or benefitted from. GoFundMe’s goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets the support he deserves,” a GoFundMe rep said in a statement.
Source: NY Post