Homeless vet Johnny Bobbitt appears in court over GoFundMe scam

Homeless vet Johnny Bobbitt appears in court over GoFundMe scam

Homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt, 36, was sentenced to five years of probation on Friday and will enter a drug treatment program in a plea deal for his role in a GoFundMe scam that raised over $400,000. A homeless Philadelphia man who was found guilty of helping to scam GoFundMe donors out of almost $400,000 was sentenced for conspiract to commit theft by deception in New Jersey. If he violates the conditions of his drug treatment program, he'll face five years in prison.

McClure and D'Amico claimed that Bobbitt had given up his last $20 to help McClure when she ran out of gas on the side of Philadelphia freeway on Thanksgiving night in 2017. Bobbitt, the homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with a New Jersey couple in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000, was sentenced Friday to five years' probation. Bobbitt also said he will testify against Katelyn McClure and Mark D'Amico.

Bobbitt must go through a long-term, in-patient drug program followed by special probation, Superior Court Judge Christopher Garrenger ruled during a hearing in Burlington County.

Prosecutors contend a GoFundMe campaign ostensibly set up to help Bobbitt was a lie meant to enrich all three.

As it turned out, McClure and D'Amico had met Bobbitt at a casino about a month earlier and together they concocted the "fake feel-good story to compel donors to contribute to their cause", according to prosecutors.

What happened to McClure and D'Amico?

It claimed McClure had run out of gas while driving into Philadelphia on I-95, and Bobbitt had come to her rescue, using his last $20 to buy her gas. The money was meant to help Bobbitt, but enriched all three co-conspirators.

The fraud didn't stop with the GoFundMe page, according to prosecutors. They said Bobbitt's share was $25,000, some of which he spent on drugs.

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That was days after he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering, an offense for which he has yet to be sentenced.

GoFundMe has since refunded the donations.

McClure, 28, could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. No sentencing date has been set for either on those federal charges. D'Amico, McClure's boyfriend at the time, was charged with her last fall by state prosecutors but have yet to be indicted.

D'Amico has denied wrongdoing.

Large photos of the trio, as well as the original GoFundMe photo of Bobbitt and McClure, were blown up and displayed in the courtroom on Friday. This sentence affords him the chance to turn his life around.

"The entire campaign was predicated on a lie", Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at the time when he announced the charges.

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