Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

The Johnny Bobbitt story was a scam from the start

The Johnny Bobbitt story was a scam from the start

The three initially gained fame in 2017, when the couple created a GoFundMe page claiming that Bobbitt had spent his last $20 to help fill up McClure's gas tank after her vehicle broke down in a bad part of town.

Prosecutors said that Mark D'amico and Kate McClure conspired with destitute Johnny Bobbitt to create the get-rich-quick scheme in 2017.

Remember the story about the homeless man's generosity that resulted in a New Jersey couple collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars via GoFundMe?

In September, Bobbitt sued the couple, accusing them of withholding money from him and instead spending it on themselves. The effort raised $400,000.

The alleged scam began last August, when former Marine Bobbitt reportedly gave McClure $20 for gas after her auto ran out along an interstate in Philadelphia.

WTXF reports the Burlington County Prosecutor will announce more information at a press conference at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

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The overwhelming response led to donations from more than 14,000 well wishers, but the couple's relationship with Mr Bobbitt eventually soured as they accused him of using the money to feed a drug habit.

Johnny Bobbitt, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico.

The feel good story fell apart in August when Bobbitt claimed in a lawsuit he was never given any money and the couple spent it on a vacation and a auto.

Bobbitt's attorney told New Jersey 101.5 the funds meant for his client were "gone" after the couple missed a court-ordered deadline to turn over the balance.

D'Amico and McClure turned themselves in to authorities Wednesday, but Bobbitt remains at large. For its part, GoFundMe promised all the money would go to Bobbitt as intended.

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