Couple ordered to pay homeless man his GoFundMe money

Couple ordered to pay homeless man his GoFundMe money

According to the New York Post, Katie McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, had to give all the funds to their lawyer - after they had raised the money through a GoFundMe campaign for Johnny Bobbitt, according to Philadelphia's NBC10.

Mark D'Amico and Katie McClure chose to help Johnny Bobbitt after he gave them his last $20 (€17.20/£15.40) for petrol when their vehicle ran empty late one night in Philadelphia.

A New Jersey judge has ruled a homeless vet from North Carolina should get the $400,000 a couple raised in his name with a GoFundMe campaign, and they must turn it over Friday afternoon, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the funds and parked it on land McClure's family owns in Florence.

Meanwhile, D'Amico said that Bobbitt spent $25,000 of they money they did give him on drugs in the span of two weeks in December.

Mr Bobbitt has now sued the couple, and a New Jersey judge has ordered that all of the remaining money be moved from the couple's account within 24-hours so a thorough accounting of what's been spent can take place by September 10.

The couple responded by starting an online appeal on GoFundMe, drawing contributions from more than 14,000 donors, but their relationship with Mr Bobbitt eventually soured as they accused him of using the money to feed a drug habit.

The relationship soured, and Bobbitt claimed in court that the money - almost $403,000 raised from about 14,000 online donors - never fully ended up in his possession.

McClure and D'Amico set up a GoFundMe page to collect funds to help Bobbitt get a leg-up in life.

D'Amico said that more than $150,000 of the money remains in their account, and they are "absolutely" willing to have an accountant examine their financial records.

Johnny Bobbitt received worldwide praise after he gave a stranded motorist in Philadelphia his last $20, so she could get gas a year ago.

"He's really left us with no choice but to go forward".

The money will be transferred to an account controlled by Cozen O'Connor PC, Bobbitt's pro bono attorneys.

"I had to ask them for everything in the beginning", Bobbitt said, according to WPVI.

Bobbitt dropped out of rehab in the winter when D'Amico, a carpenter, began working on a new job and was not able to drive him to the center every day, Badway said.

D'Amico and McClure could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Inquirer reported that D'Amico spoke of expenses he and his girlfriend had incurred caring for Bobbitt, including time that they took off from work.

"This is a well thought out plan that Johnny his lawyer and financial advisor came up with in order to give Johnny the means to acclimate back into a "normal" life and also to protect him and ensure he has a bright future", McClure wrote.

Badway described the judge's ruling as a "harsh remedy" because the couple plans to file counterclaims for thousands of dollars worth of items and cash that Bobbitt allegedly stole from them.

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