FUND-RAISER WAS HIGHWAY ROBBERY!
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