FUND-RAISER WAS HIGH­WAY ROB­BERY!

National Enquirer - - FIRST TO KNOW -

AFEEL-GOOD story that made head­lines has turned out to be a to­tal scam! As The Na­tional ENQUIRER re­ported, a New Jer­sey cou­ple helped raise more than $400,000 for a Good Sa­mar­i­tan who was home­less — but now all three have been ar­rested on theft charges! Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure claimed down-on-his-luck ex-Ma­rine Johnny Bob­bitt Jr. had given

McClure his last $20 when she ran out of gas — and the pair launched a GoFundMe cam­paign to se­cure an apart­ment, car and liv­ing ex­penses for Bob­bitt.

The pay-it-for­ward saga cap­tured me­dia attention and over 14,000 donors kicked in a to­tal of $402,706 to the cause over a 32-day pe­riod. But pros­e­cu­tors said the story was a get­rich-quick scheme! “The en­tire cam­paign was pred­i­cated on a lie,” Burling­ton County pros­e­cu­tor Scott Cof­fina said on Nov. 15.

Less than an hour af­ter the cam­paign went live, McClure texted a friend. “Okay so wait the gas part is com­pletely made up … But the guy isn’t,” she wrote. “I had to make some­thing up to make peo­ple feel bad.” The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the three turned sour in Au­gust when an at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing Bob­bitt filed a civil suit claim­ing McClure and her now-ex boyfriend D’Amico, 39, hadn’t handed over his half of the money.

The scheme quickly un­rav­eled and now all three have been charged with sec­ond-de­gree theft and con­spir­acy to com­mit theft.

De­spite the damn­ing texts, McClure, 28, claims she was duped into join­ing the swin­dle, ac­cord­ing to se­cret record­ings re­leased by her lawyer on Nov. 19.

All the do­na­tions will be re­funded, GoFundMe said.

Bob­bitt claims the pair mis­used the do­natedmoney Cops raided the cou­ple’s New Jer­seyhome

Johnny Bob­bitt Jr.Kate McClure Mark D’Amico

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