GoFundMe: Homeless Veteran To Get Balance Of $400,000 Amid Defrauding Accusations


On Thursday, authorities executed a search warrant at the home of a New Jersey couple who raised $US400,000 ($557,866) to help a homeless man a year ago.

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and Florence police searched the couple's home on Thursday on a search warrant as part of a criminal investigation.

Several investigators searched the Burlington County home of Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico, who set up the fund to help Bobbitt after he spent his last US$20 to buy gas for McClure when her auto stalled on an I-95 overpass near Kensington previous year.

Bobbitt's story went viral in late 2017 after he gave McClure his last $20 for gas, when she was stranded. McClure and partner Mark D'Amico then set up a fundraiser alongside her partner out of gratitude.

Bobbitt's attorney, Chris Fallon, said he found out in a conference call with the couple's lawyer on September 4 that all of the money raised in Bobbitt's name is gone, according to ABC.

D'Amico has said Bobbitt spent $25,000 in less than two weeks previous year on drugs as well as paying for overdue legal bills and sending money to family. "GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets support he deserves", said the statement, which was emailed to reporters by Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundMe.

"With the money, I would like to get him first and last month's rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and four-to-six months' worth of expenses", she wrote on the GoFundMe page during the campaign.

"We'll continue to assist with the ongoing law enforcement investigation".

On Thursday, police officers and a tow truck showed up at the couple's home to confiscate it.

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The company assured customers that although Bobbitt's case in unusual, they have "taken steps to prevent this extremely unique situation from occurring again".

Lawyers for Bobbitt and the couple have disagreed on how much of the $400,000 that was raised has already been spent on Bobbitt's behalf. No criminal charges have been filed at this point. The judge also ordered the couple to appear in court, saying that she had heard enough from their attorney, according to CNN.

Badway previously said in court that Bobbitt received at least $200,000 of the funds, The Inquirer reported. But a day after the deadline passed, a lawyer for Bobbitt said there is no money left to surrender.

A judge presiding over Mr Bobbitt's lawsuit ordered the couple to give sworn statements on Monday on the status of all the money raised, as well as to turn over documents.

To Borochoff, the Bobbitt case is an example of why donors are better off contributing to nonprofits that are subject to regulations and financial reporting requirements.

While the police investigation plays out, GoFundMe has set aside $20,000 in an account to help the homeless man, Whithorne added. It raised more than $400,000 from more than 14,000 people.

Chris Fallon, Bobbitt's attorney, also didn't immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment.

In court on Wednesday, the couple's lawyer Ernest Badway said Mr Bobbitt has received about A$278,000.

In the months that followed, the couple used the money to buy him a camper - in their own names - a TV, a laptop and two cellphones, as well as a used SUV that has since broken down, according to local news reports.