GoFundMe has promised homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt Jr. that he will receive the rest of the $400,000 in donations owed to him after the couple who raised the money allegedly spent the cash on luxury goods and holidays.
Bobbitt became a nationwide story after he gave his last $20 to Katelyn McClure, a woman who had run out of gas on the freeway ramp outside Philadelphia.
To pay it forward, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, started the online fundraiser for Bobbitt, drawing contributions from more than 14,000 people.
However, the feel-good tale later descended into an ugly legal battle.
Bobbitt is suing the couple, alleging he’s received only $75,000 of the total and claiming the couple spent the rest on items such a BMW and luxury getaways to California, Florida, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. The couple denies the allegation.
On Thursday, GoFundMe said it would make sure Bobbitt received all of the money he was owed.
“Johnny will be made whole and we’re committing that he’ll receive the balance of the unspent funds raised on his behalf,” it said in a statement. “GoFundMe’s goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets support he deserves.”
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SOURCE: NBC News, Alexander Smith