The New Jersey couple who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in a viral charity campaign for a homeless man were allegedly working with the vagrant as part of an elaborate ruse, according to a new report.
Prosecutors believe that Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure conspired with homeless man to create their get-rich-quick scheme in 2017, NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate reported Wednesday.
McClure, 28, and D’Amico, 39, created a GoFundMe page in November 2017, claiming the homeless, drug addict Johnny Bobbitt spent his last $20 to fill up McClure’s empty gas tank after her car broke down on I-95 near Philadelphia.
The GoFundMe campaign went viral, bringing in over $400,000. Things began to go downhill when Bobbitt sued the couple for withholding the money from him. The couple said they were holding onto the cash until Bobbitt was off of drugs.
An investigation into the matter revealed that the story was actually a setup between the couple and Bobbitt as a get rich quick scheme to split the money. The couple has since been arrested while Bobbitt remains on the loose.
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