Cops raid home of couple who raised $400K for homeless man

The Saga Of The Couple Who Swindled A Homeless Man Out Of $400,000 Raised For Him On GoFundMe - Digg

USA law enforcement officials converged Thursday on the New Jersey home of the couple accused of stealing money from a GoFundMe campaign set up to help Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless man whose kindness to a stranger touched hearts across the nation and beyond.

Investigators raided the home of Mark D'Amico and Katelyn McClure of Bordentown early Thursday, seizing a BMW that the couple is believed to have bought with the donations. Authorities were reportedly seen removing bags of items from the residence.

According to media reports, a New Jersey judge hearing a civil lawsuit filed by Bobbitt ordered the couple to testify under oath on September 10 about what happened to the money.

On Thursday morning, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and the Florence Township Police Department executed a search warrant at the couple's home.

The judge who ordered them to turn over the remainder of the money said the couple must give those funds to their defense lawyer, who must then put it into an escrow account as the case continues, NBC Philadelphia reported. The now-deleted campaign ultimately raised just over $US400,000, and the couple made numerous TV appearances saying that Bobbitt's life would be changed forever. It's unclear what happened to it. McClure and D'Amico have denied wrongdoing.

A homeless good Samaritan who claims a New Jersey couple mismanaged the $400,000 they raised for him online will receive all of the funds he's due while the couple is now under criminal investigation.

He claims he only received $75,000. But Mr Bobbitt became homeless again after Mr D'Amico told him in June that he had to leave the property. He also said that McClure and D'Amico appear to be been living far beyond their means in recent months, sparking his suspicion that they might be spending the funds.

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Lawyers for Bobbitt and the couple have disagreed on how much of the $400,000 that was raised has already been spent on Bobbitt's behalf.

For the time being, the money will be transferred to an account controlled by Bobbitt's lawyers, but it can not be used until the judge determines who will manage it. Taking into account GoFundMe's own fees, "There is in my mind about $300,000 that was raised for Johnny that he doesn't have - and that they now say they don't have", she said.

In a joint statement issued late Thursday, GoFundMe and the law firm representing Johnny Bobbitt said he will get an amount equal to the balance he didn't receive through the fundraiser. Their lawyer, Ernest E. Badway, said at the time that McClure and D'Amico would invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

There are conflicting reports from the couple and Bobbitt about how the money was used and whether Bobbitt was a participant or a victim. D'Amico has admitted that he used $500 on gambling at a casino, which he paid back. The campaign was established to aid the homeless man whose story of helping a stranded motorist in Philadelphia inspired thousands of people to contribute. Bobbitt told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Initially, GoFundMe gave Bobbitt $20,000 so that he wasn't penniless while the details of the case were emerging.

While the police investigation plays out, GoFundMe has set aside $20,000 in an account to help the homeless man, Whithorne added.

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