Couple who Raised Over $400K for ‘Homeless Hero’ on GoFundMe Ordered by Judge to Hand Over Remaining Funds

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. McClure and D’Amico, who raised more than $400,000 for Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man after he used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist (Kate McClure) in Philadelphia must now turn over what’s left of the cash. A New Jersey judge issued the order Thursday, Aug. 30, during a hearing on the lawsuit brought by Bobbitt, who worries D’Amico and McClure have mismanaged a large part of the donations raised for him on GoFundMe. The couple deny those claims, saying they’re wary of giving Bobbitt large sums because they fear he would buy drugs. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

A couple who raised over $400,000 on GoFundMe for a homeless man has been ordered by a judge to turn over the remaining funds after they refused to give it to him, CBS Philadelphia reports. Johnny Bobbitt sued Mark D’Amico and Katie McClure for mismanaging the donation money meant for him after the couple refused to give him roughly half of the remaining cash. Officials say that D’Amico and McClure “mixed the GoFundMe money with their own,” and Bobbitt’s attorney claims that the couple only gave Bobbitt $75,000—rather than the $200,000 the couple say they gave. The money will be put into a trust where it will be “in limbo… until the case is sorted out,” and the couple has been ordered to “give an account of exactly how the money was spent” within 10 days. Bobbitt gave McClure his last $20 late last year while she was stranded on a Philadelphia interstate for gas, prompting her to start the GoFundMe to help Bobbitt. While denying Bobbitt the funds, the couple argued that he would use the money to buy drugs.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast