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FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2017, file photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia. Bobbitt, a homeless man whose selfless act of using his last $20 to fill the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia drew worldwide attention, filed suit against D'Amico and McClure, the couple who led a $400,000 GoFundMe fundraising campaign to help him, contending the couple mismanaged donations and committed fraud by taking contributed money for themselves. A hearing is scheduled Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Philadelphia homeless man, New Jersey couple accused of conspiring together to create GoFundMe


MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (CIRCA) — A GoFundMe account set up for a homeless man claiming he had given his last $20 to a woman stranded after running out of gas in New Jersey may have been a conspiracy, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports.

According to a complaint obtained by the station, the New Jersey couple, Mark D'Amico and Kate McClure, who set up the account, conspired with the Philadelphia homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, to obtain thousands of dollars. Bobbitt later sued the couple, saying they used the funds on themselves.

Now all three are facing conspiracy and theft by deception, a source familiar with the case tells the station.

According to the original account, Bobbitt walked a few blocks to buy McClure gas after she ran out on an Interstate 95 exit ramp late one night. She didn't have money to repay him at the time, but sought him out days later to give him the money, and visited him a few more times to bring food and water.

They later appeared on shows like "Good Morning America" and were interviewed by the BBC.

In all, the GoFundMe account raised more than $400,000, with over 14,000 people contributing.

An announcement in the case was expected to come from the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office on Thursday, the New York Post reported.

The source told NBC 10 Philadelphia that the couple had turned themselves, but did not confirm if Bobbit had also turned himself in.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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