By now, everyone is familiar with the feel-good story about the couple who raised over $400,000 for a homeless veteran who spent his last $20 helping the woman in distress when she ran out of gas. And how it went horribly wrong.
The story quickly turned ugly when it was revealed that the couple, Katie McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico, didn’t give the Marine Corps veteran and former firefighter Johnny Bobbitt, Jr most of the money. Nor did they buy him a home or a vehicle of his own or set the funds up in trust accounts, as McClure originally promised after they raised $402,706.
Instead, most of the money was gone.
Now it seems, New Jersey prosecutors have confirmed that a warrant was issued to search the couples home. Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina issued the following statement:
“Due to the enormous public interest in this matter, I am confirming that a search warrant was executed early this morning by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Florence Township Police Department at the residence of Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt matter.”
“As of this time, there have been no charges filed. Further updates will be provided as circumstances warrant.”
Homeless veteran Bobbitt, 35, claims that he has only received a small portion of the money promised him and that the couple spent the rest on vacations, a BMW and gambling.
For their part, McClure and D’Amico claim they bought Bobbitt an RV they parked on McClure’s family’s land and a truck they kept in McClure’s name, but didn’t want to give him the rest of the money because “Bobbit is a drug addict.” The camper and truck were subsequently sold after Bobbit was kicked out by D’Amico.
However, Bobbit petitioned a judge to have the remaining funds set up in a trust with an executor, not to have them given to him directly. And the couple originally claimed they would put the majority of the funds in trusts and provide a separate small bank account with only enough for Bobbit’s daily expenses. While D’Amico once told reporters the trusts had been set up, he later changed his story and said they never set up the trusts.
D’Amico accused Bobbitt of going through the $25,000 they put in an account he had access to in two weeks, claiming it was spent on gifts for his family, outstanding bills and drugs. Bobbitt acknowledged some of the money went to drugs, but most went to his parents and other family members who supported him through the years as well as to pay his old bills.
And now it appears all of the money is gone.
Bobbitt told ABC News:
“I wish it didn’t come to this. I hate that it came to this.”
Police search home of couple accused of squandering $400,000 raised for a homeless vet https://t.co/KouecV7O0A
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 7, 2018
On August 27, McClure and D’Amico appeared on Today with Megyn Kelly to tell their side of the story. However their story on the program differed from some accounts they previously gave to reporters.
Watch the video here:
And just a few days later their story changed again.
— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) September 6, 2018
People reacted strongly to the couple’s changing versions of events.
Homeless man gives woman his $20 because she’s out of gas
They raise $400k on gofundme “for him”
They withhold the money from him because they claim fear he’d just spend it on drugs
They spend the money on themselves https://t.co/doOV0F1fi7
— Caroline Moss (@socarolinesays) August 31, 2018
People are very angry.
They should have been charged with fraud
— Alison Jean (@Jalison100) September 1, 2018
I'm convinced every gofundme is just a scam so that some awful couple like this can go jetski in europe.
— kazoshay (@kazoshay) August 31, 2018
Others thought that perhaps good intentions turned bad.
They never thought the account would grow to that amount of $$. When it did, greed got the best of them.
— adrienne high priestess of erie (@ohauntie_m) August 31, 2018
IMO- They shouldn’t have started the gofundme in the first place. A simple honest deed now has become an awkward public drama. If they really wanted to help, give him the resources (not money) to help himself. Now they put themselves in this situation.
— alexa? (@alexaismyname2) September 2, 2018
The couple is now under scrutiny.
Mark D’Amico hits golf balls on his lawn while @BurlcoPros serve search warrant at his Bordentown, NJ home. He & girlfriend Katie McClure are being investigated over the alleged mismanagement of $400,000 in GoFundMe donations to homeless vet Johnny Bobbitt @CBSPhilly #Burlco #NJ pic.twitter.com/tNa8BNFLgC
— Trang Do (@TrangDoCBS3) September 6, 2018
Guess he's enjoying his freedom before he possibly gets locked up depending the outcome of all of this.
— sarastarz04090 (@sarastarz04090) September 6, 2018
Karma….wait for it
— kimmie (@kim_hibbs) September 6, 2018
You may not be able to say it so I will. This is incredibly bizarre behavior.
— Credible Threat (@BaltoSpectator) September 6, 2018
GoFundMe has promised that Bobbitt will get the entire $400,000.
I applaud @GoFundMe for vowing to make this man whole. And SHAME on this couple. Saw a video of the search warrant… they were shopping like crazy!
Cops raid home of couple accused of squandering homeless vet’s cash: https://t.co/1KHt2J4N1y
— SunnyAnderson (@SunnyAnderson) September 7, 2018
Bobbitt entered a drug rehabilitation center on Friday to get the help he asked for.
His Attorney told the court:
“Johnny Bobbitt will be in a residential drug program starting today or tomorrow. He’s been given a 30-day scholarship for a residential drug program.”