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A classic case of he said, they said. The New Jersey couple that raised over $400,000 for a homeless man on GoFundMe is now being investigated for allegedly mismanaging funds.
It all started last November when the then-homeless and drug-addicted Johnny Bobbitt used his last $20 help Kate McClure get home after her car ran out of gas. Once McClure got home, her and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, decided to raise money to help the man. The Burlington County couple set up an account on GoFundMe and it went viral, amassing donations from more than 14,000 people.
Now GoFundMe is investigating whether or not the couple is withholding some of the money from Bobbitt. He spoke to Philly.com and said along with being homeless and addicted to drugs again, he thinks McClure spent some of the donated money on a BMW and vacations. He also believes that D'Amico gambled it away.
Meanwhile, the couple denies his claims and said they spent a lot of the donated money on initial hotel stays for Bobbitt, a camper, SUV, TV, laptop, cellphones, food and clothing. They say Bobbitt doesn't have direct access to the money because it would be like "giving him a loaded gun."
A GoFundMe spokesperson said they are looking into the claims.
When there is a dispute, we work with all parties involved to ensure funds go to the right place. We will work to ensure that Johnny receives the help he deserves and that the donors' intentions are honored."
Read the Philly.com story here.