Homeless vet, couple in viral campaign faked story

Johnny Bobbitt left with Kate Mc Clure and Mark D'Amico

Inside Edition has reached out to attorneys for both the couple and Bobbitt.

GoFundMe and the law firm representing Bobbitt issued a joint statement last week saying he would receive all the money raised for him.

According to McClure, Bobbitt approached her vehicle, told her it wasn't safe and went to purchase her gas with his last $20.

Johnny Bobbitt (left) stands with his would-be benefactors Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico at the petrol station where the good deed was said to have happened.

The couple denied the allegations and said they had withheld some of the money because they feared Bobbitt, who has battled a drug addiction, would spend it on drugs.

"We were thinking, 'What if we set up a GoFundMe for this guy just to get him off the street for a weekend?,'" McClure said at the time.

The three are charged with conspiracy and theft by deception.

Bobbitt was arrested Wednesday night by the Philadelphia Police Department on charges of being a fugitive from justice, according to Philadelphia police.

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In August, Bobbitt, 35, filed a lawsuit accusing McClure and D'Amico of committing fraud by taking more than half of the money they raised for themselves. In order to keep up the charade, the complaint says they prevented donors from learning information that would "affect their judgement" about the GoFundMe campaign, and failed to "correct their story".

"The paying it forward story that drove this fundraiser might seem too good to be true", Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at a press briefing Thursday afternoon.

Unfortunately, that policy has extended to the donation site GoFundMe, which a New Jersey couple and a homeless man reportedly used to scam generous donors out of more than $400,000. "I had to make something up to make people feel bad".

Authorities say a homeless man who benefited from a GoFundMe page set up by a New Jersey couple they said helped them with a disabled vehicle has been arrested.

There were 14,000 contributors to the GoFundMe campaign who will likely now be feeling ripped off.

A lawyer for the couple initially said that only $150,000 of the initial $401,921 remained.

GoFundMe, which gave Bobbitt $20,000 in September as financial assistance during the investigation of the case, said Thursday that it will fully refund all the money raised to donors.

The couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the funds and parked it on land McClure's family owns in Florence. Chris Fallon, Bobbitt's attorney, earlier said he had gotten about $75,000 of the cash.

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