FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2018 file photo, Johnny Bobbitt during a hearing, the Burlington County Courthouse in Mt. Holly, N. J. (David Swanson /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool, File)
Johnny Bobbitt, the homeless man accused of conspiring with a New Jersey couple to cheat GoFundMe donors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, was Wednesday arrested after failing to show up for a scheduled court date the day before.
The Philadelphia police said Bobbitt was taken into custody in the city on Wednesday morning.
Bobbitt was scheduled to appear in a Burlington County, New Jersey, in the courtroom Tuesday for a hearing on the question of whether he had violated the conditions of his bail. Judge Mark Tarantino issued a bench warrant for Bobbitt’s arrest after he failed to appear.
Bobbit was released on bail last month after Tarantino insisted on a number of conditions, including that he wear an electronic monitoring device, to search for work and attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings three times per week. On Tuesday, the judge said that Bobbitt had not been in contact with law enforcement officers since Dec. 17 and the use of drugs. A hearing to determine whether Bobbitt is to be accepted into a diversionary drug court is scheduled for later this month.
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Prosecutors say Bobbitt, 35, conspired with Katelyn McClure and her then boyfriend, Mark D’amico, invent a story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 for gas. Bobbit and the torque increased to $400,000, which the authorities say was largely spent on luxury items, and casino trips. All three are charged with theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.
GoFundMe says that it is refunded to everyone who contributed to the campaign.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.