Couple must turn over funds raised for homeless man


The dispute led to a lawsuit, with Bobbitt demanding the funds and accusing the couple of using the money they raised for their own personal use.

A judge has ordered a New Jersey couple to turn over all the remaining money they raised for a homeless man who received worldwide attention after he spent his last $20 to help a stranded driver. "There should be close to another $300,000 available to Johnny", Bobbitt's lawyer Chris Fallon told CNN.

This week, she said there was more than $150,000 left to NBC Today host Megyn Kelly.

"This was not his choice and he didn't have any say in the matter", Promislo said. Bobbitt's lawyer added that the homeless man was originally promised a house and his client would prefer to live in his home state of North Carolina.

Katie McClure (R), and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico. Dow also ordered the couple to transfer the money into an escrow account, which will be controlled by Bobbitt's attorneys.

The couple responded by starting an online appeal on GoFundMe, drawing contributions from more than 14,000 donors, but their relationship with Mr Bobbitt eventually soured as they accused him of using the money to feed a drug habit.

But the sweet story turned bitter, with Bobbitt claiming the couple was withholding his funds.

A spokesperson for GoFundMe said the crowdfunding website "is looking into the claims of misuse regarding this campaign".

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Johnny Bobbitt became a viral sensation in October previous year when he used his last $20 to buy petrol for Kate McClure, who was stranded after running out of fuel on a motorway exit ramp near Philadelphia.

First, she repaid him for the gas, then brought him a jacket, some gloves, a hat, warm socks, and a few dollars each time she stopped by.

"They tried to help this man. He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more". According to the couple, Bobbitt was given part of the monies but have refused to release any more.

Meanwhile, D'Amico told the paper that while no trusts have been set up for Bobbitt, about $200,000 remains of the collected funds in a savings account that he controls.

"The equities in this case cry out that they be moved from where they presently are, given the public concern and the concerns and allegations that they were co-mingled", she said. McClure is a receptionist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation and D'Amico is a carpenter, according to the Inquirer. He learned of a helicopter ride they took over the Grand Canyon.

They also claim to have paid for a hotel room for him while he waited on the van, an SUV, TV, laptop, two cellphones, a $25,000 (£19,232.50) cash lump sum and GoFundMe's $30,000 (£23,079) fee.

They gave him clothing, allowed him to park his new camper outside their home, but reportedly later asked him to leave.

Initially, he said he would not produce financial records because the money was put into an existing account at PNC Bank that does not belong to Bobbitt. They must account for the cash they've spent so far, the newspaper said.