$545,000 raised for homeless Good Samaritan is 'all gone', says lawyer


They did concede they had withheld some of the funds, but said it was because Bobbitt was spending cash they gave him on drugs.

Police raided a New Jersey couple's home and hauled away a new BMW on Thursday after a homeless man accused them of helping themselves to some of the $400,000 in online donations they supposedly raised to help him start a new life.

"Where the money went, I have no idea", said the lawyer, who made the discovery of the missing money during a Tuesday morning conference call between the court and attorneys involved with the case.

D'Amico has told the Philadelphia Inquirer he spent $500 of the GoFundMe money to gamble because he didn't have his casino card one night, but said he repaid it with his winnings.

Promislo said the couple's lawyer, Ernest E. Badway, has not responded to an email detailing wiring instructions or an inquiry about whether the money was moved.

Bobbitt and his attorney say that more $400,000 raised by McClure and her boyfriend in a GoFundMe campaign meant to lift him out of homelessness, has vanished without ever reaching him.

As The Washington Post previously reported, McClure and D'Amico started the crowdfunding campaign after Bobbitt came to McClure's rescue on the side of the road in October 2017.

The lawyer told CNN, GoFundMe charged about $41,000 for the campaign, and while $100,000 was given to his client, there should still be about $400,000 left for Mr Bobbitt.

Badway said his clients withheld much of the money from Bobbitt because they anxious that he would use it to buy drugs. McClure said she was moved by his generosity, tracked him down, and set up a GoFundMe with a $US10,000 ($13,836) goal meant to help Bobbitt find a place to live and buy a truck.

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Bobbitt's lawyer claims the couple spent almost all the money, but they claim otherwise.

"GoFundMe has given $20,000 to a bank account created by Johnny's legal team to provide assistance during the investigation", said a spokesperson for GoFundMe.

In court last week, Badway said that Bobbitt had received at least $200,000 of the funds, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. They said they gave Bobbitt $200,000 and that $150.000 remains in an account established for him.

According to WPVI and KYW, McClure and D'Amico had the money they raised on GoFundMe in their personal accounts, Bobbitt's lawyer said.

The gratitude and goodwill between the couple and Bobbitt soured following claims of misappropriation of raised funds at the hands of McClure and D'Amico.

I can still understand the temptation for some people to say that Bobbitt couldn't be trusted with the money because of his addiction problems and it should be held by a third party "to save him from himself". They also promised to purchase him a home and his dream vehicle, a 1999 Ford Ranger. It's unclear how they will determine how the money was spent.

After the television appearance, D'Amico sent Bobbitt a text message suggesting that Bobbitt abandon his lawyers in exchange for a check. He also argued the court order to wire the money within 24 hours was a "harsh remedy".

As for next steps, Fallon says all they can do is try to follow the trail.

"While we assist law enforcement with their ongoing investigation, GoFundMe is also working with Johnny's legal team to ensure he's receiving support while the remaining funds are being recovered". But Bobbitt's attorney, Christopher Fallon, informed Dow that his client might not be able to accommodate the request.