Lawyer ex­pects in­dict­ment in Good Sa­mar­i­tan case

Manteca Bulletin - - Nation -

TREN­TON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey cou­ple un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a good Sa­mar­i­tan ac­cused them of dip­ping into some of the $400,000 in on­line do­na­tions they raised for him is likely to be in­dicted, their at­tor­ney said Mon­day.

Ernest Bad­way rep­re­sents Mark D’Amico and Kate­lyn McClure in a civil case against Johnny Bob­bitt.

The at­tor­ney said in a let­ter dated Thurs­day that one or both could be in­dicted by the Burlington County pros­e­cu­tor and that he and his firm would no longer rep­re­sent the cou­ple in the law­suit in­volv­ing Bob­bitt.

Bad­way pe­ti­tioned Su­pe­rior Court Judge Paula Dow to pause the civil case in a let­ter Thurs­day, the same day au­thor­i­ties raided the cou­ple’s home .

The let­ter came to light Mon­day when Dow granted the stay in the civil case un­til De­cem­ber.

“(Since) it is ex­pected that one or both of the de­fen­dants will likely be in­dicted, my firm and I will no longer be able to con­tinue our rep­re­sen­ta­tion of them in this mat­ter,” Bad­way wrote.

He de­clined Mon­day to com­ment fur­ther. It’s un­clear if he will rep­re­sent D’Amico and McClure in a pos­si­ble crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ing.

Burlington County Pros­e­cu­tor Scott Cof­fina last week con­firmed the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cou­ple, cit­ing the “enor­mous” pub­lic in­ter­est in the case, though no charges have been brought.

The pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice de­clined to com­ment on Bad­way’s let­ter, but pointed out no charges have been filed.

D’Amico and McClure have ear­lier de­nied wrong­do­ing or mis­us­ing the cash, which was raised on GoFundMe from 14,000 con­trib­u­tors.

Bob­bitt sued the cou­ple over mis­man­age­ment of the funds, and Dow had or­dered sworn state­ments to deter­mine what hap­pened to the cash, which at­tor­neys say is all gone.

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