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Couple, homeless man charged with faking story that earned $400K in donations

Couple, homeless man charged with faking story that earned $400K in donations

Prosecutors are apparently alleging the three people involved cooked up the scheme together as a way to raise money from unsuspecting dupes.

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.

She said she ran out of gas in Philadelphia and was stuck on the highway when a homeless man named Johnny Bobbitt gave her his last $20.

A couple from Burlington County, and the homeless veteran they launched a fundraising campaign for, will reportedly all face charges.

A homeless man whose kindness sparked $400,000 of GoFundMe donations was part of the same scam as a couple accused of stealing from him, police say.

D'Amico has said Bobbitt spent $25,000 in less than two weeks past year on drugs as well as paying for overdue legal bills and sending money to family.

McClure has been charged with theft by deception and conspiracy.

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That's when the real trouble began.

D'Amico and McClure have denied wrongdoing.

An attorney for the couple said that $200,000 had gone to Bobbitt - but a superior court judge said that McClure and D'Amico had "misadvised " the attorney and there actually was no money left. In return, the couple went on Megyn Kelly's show and said Bobbitt had a drug problem and was using the cash to get high. It's unknown if Bobbitt plans to surrender.

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

Bobbitt lived for a short time on the couple's property in a camper purchased for him but later was told to leave and became homeless again.

GoFundMe and the law firm representing Bobbitt issued a joint statement last week saying he would receive all the money raised for him.


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