Homeless Samaritan will get cash; couple under investigation

Hugh Fox
September 10, 2018

Police raided the home Thursday of a couple who raised $400,000 online for a homeless good Samaritan who has alleged they treated the money like a "personal piggy bank" - hauling away a new BMW on a flatbed truck. Further information on the search wasn't immediately released.

In an interview with Good Morning America last November - one of several national media appearances that McClure did with Bobbitt after their GoFundMe campaign went viral - McClure described the encounter that inspired her and D'Amico to set up the GoFundMe.

GoFundMe, the site used to raise the money, has made a commitment to see that homeless veteran John Bobbitt Jr. gets all of the $402,000 raised past year to help him.

McClure and D'Amico claim they gave him more than $200,000, but his attorney says he got about $75,000.

Officials with GoFundMe and Bobbitt's lawyer said Thursday that Bobbitt will get all the money donated to him.

Dow declined to hold McClure and D'Amico in contempt, though, and refused to revoke their passports.

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It's the latest twist in an escalating feud over the money and what happened to it.

McClure and D'Amico are due in court Monday.

The couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the funds and parked it on land McClure's family owns in Florence, New Jersey.

Last week, a judge ordered the couple to give all the remaining money, $150,000, to Bobbitt's attorney to put into an escrow account until a judge rules how it will be managed.

Fallon, however, said it could be detrimental to Bobbitt's health for him to leave the 30-day drug rehabilitation program that he just began.

Investigators suspect D'Amico and McClure squandered the donations for homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt on vacations and shopping sprees.

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Fallon presented to the judge Wednesday a copy of two text messages that he said were sent to Bobbitt from D'Amico on August 27.

WPVI, the ABC television affiliate in Philadelphia, reports that an attorney for McClure and D'Amico tried to assert a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination for his clients. Bobbitt claimed McClure and D'Amico had spent the GoFundMe money on travel, gambling and a luxury vehicle.

D'Amico's text suggested that both sides get rid of their lawyers so he could write Bobbitt a check.

It was unclear what law enforcement agents were seeking.

"As of this time, there have been no charges filed", Coffina said in the statement Thursday morning.

A detective and assistant prosecutor from the Burlington County's Prosecutor's Office sat in the back of the courtroom during the hearing on Wednesday, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post reported. "GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets [the] support he deserves", Whithorne told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "We'll continue to assist with the ongoing law enforcement investigation". The judge also ordered McClure and D'Amico to provide a full accounting of the money.

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