Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Police raid home of couple who raised $400K for homeless man

Police raid home of couple who raised $400K for homeless man

Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless ex-Marine and North Carolina-native in Philadelphia, will get the money owed to him from a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $400,000 for him, his attorney Chris Fallon tells CNN. Authorities were reportedly seen removing bags of items from the residence.

The judge who ordered them to turn over the remainder of the money said the couple must give those funds to their defense lawyer, who must then put it into an escrow account as the case continues, NBC Philadelphia reported. But suddenly, she had a new BMW, and the couple were taking vacations to Florida, California and Las Vegas, Bobbitt told the Inquirer.

The allegations were used as a basis for obtaining the search warrant, which generally requires a lesser standard of proof than an arrest warrant.

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said no charges had yet been filed against the pair. The couple started the fundraiser after Bobbitt used his last $20 to buy gas for McClure when he saw her stranded on the side of I-95 in November of past year.

Investigators carted out several boxes and put them into a black vehicle.

He claims he only received $75,000. McClure and D'Amico now stand accused of giving Bobbitt only a small portion of the GoFundMe donations while recklessly spending the rest. He indicated in court this week that his clients intend to claim their right not to testify, but Dow said she needed to hear from them in person.

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"GoFundMe and Cozen O'Connor on behalf of Johnny Bobbitt are pleased to report that [Bobbitt] will be made whole and we're committing that he'll get the balance of the funds that he has not yet received or benefitted from", says GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne in a statement to Fast Company.

Authorities hauled off large bags of evidence and towed off the black BMW that may have been purchased using some of the money raised for Bobbitt.

According to Philadelphia's WTXF-TV, Bobbitt is in a 30-day treatment program.

Police and other investigators swarmed the property while D'Amico was in the backyard swinging a golf club on the lawn.

In a joint statement issued late Thursday, GoFundMe and the law firm representing Johnny Bobbitt said he will get an amount equal to the balance he didn't receive through the fundraiser.

D'Amico has said Bobbitt spent $25,000 in less than two weeks in December on drugs, in addition to paying overdue legal bills and sending money to his family.

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A spokesman for GoFundMe said the site is also working with police in New Jersey to make sure the homeless man receives all the money raised for him.

Dow ordered D'Amico and McClure to wire the remaining money into a trust for Bobbitt and give a detailed accounting report of the donations by Friday.

As far as the court cases go, there is now a criminal investigation on top of the civil case that Bobbitt's pro bono attorney has brought against the couple. D'Amico told the newspaper that he had indeed used $500 from the bank account to gamble on a night when he forgot his Sugarhouse Casino card but had "quickly repaid" the money with his winnings.

This photo taken August 15, 2018, shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the homeless veteran who gave $20 for gas for Kate McClure, back on the streets with his brother.

GoFundMe said it gave $20,000 to an account set up by his attorney to help him during the investigation.

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