connectVideoHomeless man, couple conspired to deceive the GoFundMe funds
A New Sweater and a few homeless Philadelphia man who was once the symbol of generosity in difficult times, allegedly conspired with each other to come up with a false story to earn GoFundMe donations and will now be prosecuted.
GoFundMe refunded more than $400,000 to 14,000 donors who believed they were helping a homeless veteran from Philadelphia, but later turned out to be an alleged scam devised by a New Jersey couple.
GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said Tuesday those who donated to the fund to help Johnny Bobbitt created by Katelyn McClure and her then boyfriend Mark D’amico, got their money back.
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“All the donors who have contributed to this GoFundMe campaign will be fully refunded,” Whithorne said, adding that the fundraising organization is to work together with law enforcement on the investigation into the alleged scam.
Whithorne said campaigns which misuse “make up less than one tenth of one percent” of all GoFundMe campaigns, but such behavior “unacceptable” and “consequences.”
GoFundMe said it has made refunds to everyone who contributed to a campaign in which Johnny Bobbitt, left, Katelyn McClure, and Mark D’amico.
“We have a zero tolerance policy for fraudulent behaviour,” he said. “If fraud occurs, donors get refunded and we are working with law enforcement officials to recover the money.”
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McClure, D’amico and Bobbitt face charges of theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception after officials said they falsely claimed in a viral GoFundMe post in 2017 that Bobbitt — who was homeless — he gave his last $20 to McClure, so they can get gas when stranded in Philadelphia.
The couple, who himself in to the authorities in the last month, created the GoFundMe account, supposedly to raise money for the homeless veteran. Their story, however, began to fall apart in August, when Bobbitt called the couple claim that they are using the GoFundMe money as their “personal piggy bank.” The couple allegedly used the money for luxury items, and casino trips.
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The researchers said that the three intentionally prevented donors from obtaining information that “would affect their opinion about the requested contribution to fundraising,” according to the indictment.
Bobbitt was released on bail earlier this month. He was sentenced to wear an electronic monitoring device and attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings three times per week, NJ.com reported.
Fox News’ Jennifer Earl, Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.