Homeless Veteran Files Lawsuit Against Couple Who Raised Nearly $403000 for Him

Homeless Veteran Files Lawsuit Against Couple Who Raised Nearly $403000 for Him

Homeless Veteran Files Lawsuit Against Couple Who Raised Nearly $403000 for Him

A New Jersey couple who raised more than $400,000 online for a homeless man who spent his last $20 to help one of them a year ago has been ordered by a judge to place the money in escrow and provide a full account of how it has been spent.

Ms McClure set up the online fundraising page as a way to give back to Mr Bobbitt, who came to her aid when she ran out of fuel on an Interstate 95 exit ramp in Philadelphia late one night last October.

Ms McClure, an admin assistant, and her carpenter boyfriend, say that they were anxious the homeless man would spend the money on drugs. They later appeared on shows like "Good Morning America" and were interviewed by the BBC. The GoFundMe post raised more than $400,000 for Bobbit.

The Philadelphia Inquirer later reported that Bobbitt had only received about half of the funds raised.

The judge ordered a complete accounting to be done on McClure and D'Amico's finances to determine if any fundraiser money had been spent improperly. Some reports said McClure recently bought a new BMW vehicle and took an expensive trip to California.

But once the money started coming in, they said Bobbitt was blowing it on drugs and tried to withhold it for his own benefit.

Bobbitt said D'Amico refused to give him the money and told him in June he had to leave the camper, which had been parked on land McClure's family owns in Florence.

The former US Marine veteran told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he is unable to access the remaining $US200,000 raised, which Mr D'Amico said would be dispensed to Mr Bobbitt once he gets a job and stops his drug use.

The pair has now been ordered to give all the remaining money to Bobbitt's attorney who will put it in an escrow account until the judge rules on how it should be managed.

In an interview with ABC affiliate WPVI in Philadelphia, Bobbitt said the couple used the money on trips, gambling and shopping sprees.

Indeed, D'Amico was belligerent over the situation.

Following these accusations, Bobbitt has gone on to file a lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Burlington County against 28-year-old Kate and 39-year-old Mark.

"He's really left us with no choice but to go forward".

He said he will give the money to Bobbitt when he is clean, because giving it to someone addicted to drugs would be like "giving him a loaded gun".

This week, D'Amico told NBC Today host Megyn Kelly that more than $150,000 was left. "I'll burn it in front of him". "Not just for Johnny, but for the 14,000 people who contributed", Fallon said.

Badway told the judge that Bobbitt had received a total of about $200,000 since last November, when the couple set up the GoFundMe account. "And if the monies aren't in the bank, they can pull their money out of their pillowcases and have them delivered to you to be handed over and placed in a trust account - an attorney trust account", she said.

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