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GoFundMe couple, man accused of making up story for quick cash

Posted at 4:14 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 08:02:43-05

The couple who became famous for raising money for a homeless man after he helped when they ran out of gas, as well as the homeless man himself, are now all facing criminal charges for allegedly making up the elaborate story.

In a court document obtained by NBC10, prosecutors say that Mark D’Amico, Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt are facing charges including conspiracy and theft by deception for the get-rich-quick scheme in 2017.

The story began when the couple claimed Bobbitt used his last $20 to help McClure get gas when she was stranded on a highway. McClure and D’Amico then launched a GoFundMe page to supposedly raise money for Bobbitt for the good deed. The page brought in over $400,000 from 14,000 contributors.

At first, the three happily appeared on national TV together but that quickly led to a dispute over the money. Bobbitt later sued the couple for mismanagement of funds and a judge ordered the couple to provide statements on what happened to the cash.

At that time, the couple denied any wrongdoing.

Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt

D’Amico and McClure turned themselves in Wednesday to Burlington County prosecutors on the new charges. Bobbitt remains at large.