Homeless man admits to role in GoFundMe scam, pleads guilty

Homeless man admits to role in GoFundMe scam, pleads guilty

Johnny Bobbitt, 36, of Philadelphia and Katelyn McClure, 28 of Bordentown, New Jersey pleaded guilty this week to a number of charges following the revelation their GoFundMe story, which netted $568,360, was actually faked.

The count of conspiracy to commit money laundering to which Bobbitt pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Bobbitt pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, while McClure pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, the station reported.

Prosecutors said Bobbitt conspired with McClure and D'Amico to concoct a story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 for gas when she was stranded along the highway.

Bobbitt was arrested last November by USA marshals in Philadelphia.


Prosecutors say the feelgood tale that made worldwide headlines in 2017 was predicated on a false story Bobbitt and the couple raised $400,000, which authorities say was spent on luxury items and casino trips. In mid-November of 2017, when the donations had reached approximately $1,500, D'Amico and McClure told Bobbitt about the campaign and the false gas story. D'Amico's attorney, Mark Davis, says his client denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged by federal authorities.

Bobbitt and the couple raised $400,000, which authorities said was spent on luxury items and casino trips.

Investigators initially searched the Florence, New Jersey home of D'Amico and McClure last September after questions arose about what happened to the money they raised for Bobbitt.

McClure said she did not know about Bobbitt's history of substance abuse until a few weeks after she met him, but did know he was homeless.

Their tale inspired thousands, but things began to unravel when Bobbitt accused McClure and D'Amico of stiffing him out of the money, causing an investigation to be launched. D'Amico has not now been charged with federal crimes.


Bobbitt (left) faces up to 30 months in prison.

"Today's plea agreements do not affect our case against Bobbitt, McClure or D'Amico, all of whom remain answerable to the state charges that have been filed against them", Joel Bewley, the Burlington County prosecutor's spokesman, said in a statement to HuffPost. She will be sentenced June 19, according to ABC News.

Bobbitt, McClure and D'Amico still face additional state charges of theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft.

Bobbitt will learn his sentence later this week from a drug court, which allows addicts to receive rehabilitation rather than a criminal sentence.


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