Alleged GoFundMe scammer blames con on boyfriend and homeless man

Johnny Bobbitt Jr. left Kate McClure right and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia

The campaign text had said that Mr Bobbitt had used "his last $20" to help Ms McClure when her vehicle broke down in 2017. McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, helped Bobbitt get back on his feet.

Less than an hour after the couple set up the page to solicit donations, McClure sent a text message to a friend acknowledging the story was "completely made up", prosecutors said.

The girlfriend involved in the New Jersey GoFundMe scandal claims her two cohorts used her because she is "naive" - and that they took advantage of her kindness.

But the first twist came in August when Bobbitt sued McClure and D'Amico, saying he had only received a fraction of the money - about $75,000 - and accusing the couple of pulling one over on donors.

D'Amico and McClure turned themselves in on Wednesday, according to WPVI, while Bobbitt was arrested separately Wednesday night by the Philadelphia Police Department on charges of being a fugitive from justice - and is expected to be extradited to Burlington County to face charges.

Coffina stressed that while Bobbitt, a veteran, deserves thanks for his service to the country and sympathy for his situation, he was fully complicit in the crime, making media appearances to help "promote the fraudulent campaign".

The woman's lawyer, James Gerrow, said she is no longer dating Mr D'Amico and has refused to take his phone calls. theNew York Postreported.

After fees, the proceeds of the campaign netted about $367,000, all deposited into McClure's accounts, Coffina said.

Net proceeds for Ms McClure and Mr D'Amico amounted to more than $367,000 (£287,000) and were spent on a vehicle, holidays, high-end handbags and casino gambling, Mr Coffina said.

"It has changed my entire outlook about people, my outlook about people has skyrocketed", McClure said of the donations at the time.

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"I don't think that's a coincidence", Coffina said.

McClure and D'amico were taken into police custody on November 14 and released shortly thereafter.

"The entire campaign was predicated on a lie", Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffin said. "She was used by Mr. D'Amico and Mr. Bobbitt and she thought throughout that this money was going to a homeless veteran". But after a judge ordered the couple to hand over the rest of the money, they claimed it was all gone.

"GoFundMe will process all refunds in the coming days", the company said in a statement. "Use caution and common sense when donating", he said.

As of now, there are "zero dollars" left from the GoFundMe campaign.

Ultimately, the investigation revealed a second twist: Bobbitt was in cahoots with the couple all along. The couple maintained they had given him $200,000 over several months.

After exceeding their original fundraising goal of $10,000, they bought clothing and a new camper van for Mr Bobbitt, but later reportedly asked him to remove it from outside their property.

The couple said they were being cautious about giving Bobbitt large sums of money until he had a job and was off drugs.

It was also found Bobbitt had posted a similar story to his Facebook page in 2012, in which he claimed to have spent his food money to help a woman, but the story did not gain the same traction.

New Jersey couple, homeless vet behind viral $US400k GoFundMe accused of "get-rich-quick" conspiracy, theft.

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