Cops raid home of couple accused of squandering homeless hero's cash

Martin P. Duffey left Christopher C. Fallon Jr. center who are lawyers for Johnny Bobbitt and Ernest E. Badway right who is the lawyer for the Kate Mc Clure and Mark D'Amico listen during a hearing on missing funds in the Johnny Bobbitt case

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office confirmed Thursday that officials with the prosecutor's office and the Florence Township Police Department conducted the search warrant "in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt matter".

Mark D'Amico and Kate McClure gained viral fame when they started a fundraiser to pay back Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless man who gave $20 to Kate when her auto ran out of gas.

GoFundMe, in a joint statement with Cozen O'Connor the law firm representing the 34-year-old, said on Thursday Mr Bobbitt will receive funds equal to what he did not receive, The Philadelphia Enquirer reported.

Johnny Bobbitt, 34, used his last $20 to fill up the petrol tank of stranded motorist Kate McClure in November, 2017.

Kate McClure and "Johnny" are seen in a photo posted on the GoFundMe page she started for him.

Ernest Badway, an attorney for McClure and D'Amico, has previously said they have no comment.

In this November 17, 2017, file photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico are pictured in Philadelphia. "GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets support he deserves", Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundMe, said in a statement Thursday. "In McClure's pitch to the public, she pledged to use the money to buy Bobbitt a home and his dream vehicle - a 1999 Ford Ranger".

The company said it will continue to assist the authorities with the investigation into the account. While McClure waited inside her auto, Bobbitt, who told her the area is unsafe and to lock her doors, walked to a nearby gas station, bought a red gas can and filled it with gas.

Police took away the couple's BMW and bags and boxes of unknown items from their home.

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Bobbitt said at the time that he did not have an attorney or financial advisor. Bobbitt claimed McClure and D'Amico had spent the GoFundMe money on travel, gambling and a luxury vehicle. The Superior Court Judge in New Jersey, Paula, T. Dow, said she's no longer comfortable hearing only from the couple's attorney and wants them to answer questions in person.

The couple raised more than $400,000 for John Bobbit, a homeless veteran, after he gave money to McClure to help her buy gas.

The raid comes two days after the couple's lawyer revealed that the money is all gone despite the fact that it wasn't properly transferred to its intended recipient.

But after the couple allegedly withheld much of the $400,000 from Bobbitt, he took the case to court. Ultimately, the campaign raised more than $402,000 from more than 14,000 donors.

No criminal charges are pending, and a spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office didn't respond to a request for comment for this story.

GoFundMe deposited $US20,000 in an account created by the man's legal team. Bobbitt, whose attorney says he is entering a drug addiction program, will also be deposed on Monday. D'Amico has admitted that he used $500 on gambling at a casino, which he paid back.

Their attorney said the couple had given Bobbitt over $200,000, according to WPVI and KYW.

The couple reportedly gave the man $75,000 and promised to buy him a home, but the relationship deteriorated and he ended up with a camper on a piece of property owned by the couple.

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