GoFundMe, law firm says homeless man to get cash

Charlene Craig
September 10, 2018

The couple are also being sued by Bobbitt, the homeless man who was to receive the donations, which were made through a GoFundMe page.

A New Jersey couple who started a GoFundMe campaign for a homeless veteran a year ago, which raised $400,00, apparently began spending the money immediately, according to the veteran's lawyer. Bobbitt's story quickly went viral and in just nine months the campaign had raised over $400,000.

If not, GoFundMe faces its own tricky question: The company's online guarantee to donors states that if "campaign funds have been misused, then you are eligible for a refund". "We're fulfilling that commitment today and we will continue to work with Johnny's team to make sure he's receiving all donated amounts". McClure is a receptionist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and D'Amico is a carpenter, according to the Inquirer.

Early Thursday, Florence Township police and investigators from the Burlington County prosecutor's office executed a search warrant on the couple's home as part of a criminal investigation, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said. "Further updates will be provided as circumstances warrant", Coffina said in the statement.

"You should advise your clients that they are directed by the court to appear, and they can assert their privileges at that time", Dow said, as quoted by ABC 7 Chicago.

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The couple was ordered by a judge to give the money to the homeless man, but they said it is all gone. They could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.

Johnny Bobbitt took the nation by storm after he gave his last $20 to a woman who ran out of gas. The lady fulfilled all the promises which she made to the homeless man Bobbitt to buy him a home and a vehicle.

And Bobbitt told the Inquirer that D'Amico gambled away some of the GoFundMe money at a casino in Philadelphia.

More than 14,000 people contributed to the campaign. Other videos showed D'Amico hitting golf balls off the lawn around the home. It's still not clear exactly what police were looking for but it seems they seized some of the couple's recent acquisitions, including their BMW. The couple were home at the time of the search.

Outside their home Thursday, a handwritten "No Trespassing" sign was posted. I know they spent a lot of money, [but] until we have a forensic accountant go through it, I can't say that they spent his money.

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Badway promised his clients "absolutely" will appear for depositions Monday, but also tried to invoke his clients' Fifth Amendment rights shielding them against self-incrimination.

It's unclear whether the criminal investigation will influence the judge's civil court orders. Bobbitt says he did receive about $75,000 from the couple.

"Johnny Bobbitt will be in a residential drug program", Fallon told the judge Wednesday, adding that he would start it immediately. Both D'Amico and McClure have denied wrongdoing.

Bobbitt filed a lawsuit against the couple last month.

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