Now for some hot off the press shocking news that’s almost as bad as the Clinton Foundation’s scamming and stealing of the 2010 earthquake relief funds in Haiti by the hundreds of millions of dollars. However, in this instance, the GoFundMe scam was far less at a steady $400,000, raised by donors for the story about a couple that ran out of gas and we’re stranded, but where then given $20 by a very kind homeless man so that they could refuel the car and get home. The gesture was so selfless for a man that had nothing, that later Kate McClure paid him his $20 back and then set up a GoFundMe page for the homeless man, so that he could get off the streets.
It was such a touching story, so heartwarming and a fine reminder of just how there’s still much hope for humanity and plenty of kindness out there. Only problem was that the story was FALSE!
Yes, the scam was conjured up by the minds of couple Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico, along with homeless man Johnny Bobbit. The three conspired to come up with the GoFundMe scam, which quickly went viral because it reached out and touched people’s hearts.
To think that a homeless man would part with his last $20 to help a stranded couple on the Interstate 95 exit ramp in Philadelphia, then later “paid it forward” with the modern day advances in technology to save this poor man from homelessness via GoFundMe. It was so very endearing, and it filled us all up with joy and feelings of doing the right thing. (now sing with us!, “heal the world, make it a better place”)
Anyway, a total of 14,000 people donated to the GoFundMe page, and the New Jersey couple and Johnny Bobbit amassed a small fortune of $400,000, which Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico claimed would be all for Bobbit.
The gracious story which happened last October peaked media interest, and throughout the past year, controversies starting arising as Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico had been seen with new automobiles, and living a lavish lifestyle. There had been an apparent dispute with Johnny Bobbit about how his money was being delegated to him.
Yes, the once inspiring trio of scammers even appeared on Good Morning America and conducted interviews, but not long after that the relationship turned sour, since Bobbit accused the couple of mismanaging the funds donated, as the majority of the money did not go to him.
D’Amico and McClure denied Bobbit’s claims, however, Johnny then sued the couple for stealing the funds that were in essence, meant for him. In response, the couple said that they were very wary of giving large sums to Bobbit, since they feared that he might buy drugs with the money.
D’Amico said that Bobbit spent $25,000 in less than two weeks in December on drugs. Wow! What’s sorts drugs was he taking and how is he still alive? Bobbit said he had had to pay overdue legal bills and also sent money to his family.
Fast forward to a year later, and in August, a judge ruled that McClure and D’Amico would turn over whatever was left of the GoFundMe cash. At one point the couple did buy Bobbitt a camper van that he was allowed to park on land that the McClure’s family owned in Florence. However, by June, Bobbitt was told that he had to vacate from the property.
Now in November, the trio of Kate McClure, Mark D’Amico and Johnny Bobbitt will now face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception after a complaint was reported over their scam, which resulted in investigators raiding the McClure rural New Jersey home with a search warrant, and confiscated a brand new BMW onto a flatbed truck.
Mark D’Amico had earlier appeared in court on unrelated traffic violation charges back in September, when he had told a reporter that soon the GoFundMe case would soon become ‘crystal clear.’
Well, it surely has become crystal clear, since on Wednesday, Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure turned themselves in to Burlington County prosecutors. It’s not yet crystal clear if Johnny Bobbitt has turned himself in, and could still be a fugitive on the run.
NBC10, who initially received the complaint about the trio, sparked investigators to dig deeper into the wonderful story, and now that the cat’s out of the bag, criminal charges and perhaps a well deserved jail sentence for all three is the end result. These people sought to scam the public and the world to earn riches, which they did not earn righteously.
So there you have it! We knew from the get go that this story was just too good to be true, and it really was. Now we wonder how many financial fines, court costs, and how much minimum-security prison time these three fraudsters will finally get. Stay tuned!
Story by The Narrator
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