US Couple's GoFundMe Plea for Homeless Vet 'Predicated on Lies'

Johnny Bobbitt left with Kate Mc Clure and Mark D'Amico

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But prosecutors say Mark D'Amico, Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. fabricated the story in an effort to raise money for themselves.

Now, prosecutors told WCAU that the D'Amico, McClure and Bobbitt all conspired together in the hopes of getting and diving up the cash.

An attorney for Bobbitt could not immediately be reached for comment.

GoFundMe and the law firm representing Bobbitt issued a joint statement last week saying he would receive all the money raised for him.

The home of Mark D'Amico and Katelyn McClure was searched in September over disputes arose over what happened to the money.

The prosecutor said "there's a good chance" the alleged fraud might not have been uncovered had Bobbitt not brought a civil suit earlier this year alleging that the couple mismanaged the funds.

The trio has each been charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception, which carry sentences of five to 10 years jail, The Inquirer reported. Kate McClure, a New Jersey woman, ran out of gas on an interstate ramp outside of Philadelphia.

A Philadelphia prisons spokeswoman says Johnny Bobbitt was brought in Wednesday night by US marshals and remained in custody Thursday on probation detainers and a $50,000 bond.

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"The entire campaign was predicated on a lie", said Coffina.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said while Bobbitt should be praised for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was fully complicit in the scheme.

Unfortunately, that policy has extended to the donation site GoFundMe, which a New Jersey couple and a homeless man reportedly used to scam generous donors out of more than $400,000. "He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more".

McClure and D'Amico surrendered to authorities on Wednesday and pending a December court date, Coffina said. That campaign eventually raised $400,000, from people eager to help the homeless man with the heart of gold. He said that he'd received around $US75,000 ($103,126) but the rest was being withheld.

The story originally gained popularity after the large amount of money was raised, however trouble struck when the couple allegedly stole some of the funds for their personal use and were later sued by Bobbit.

The couple's attorney, Ernest Badway, has said that Bobbitt got about $200,000, but his lawyer said it was only $75,000.

It is not clear what happened to the money, though Bobbitt's lawyer has said it is all gone.

An investigation into the case was launched back in September.

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