Couple and Veteran Face Charges After Viral GoFundMe Hoax

Three people allegedly schemed to raise $400,000 on GoFundMe — now they are being charged with conspiracy and theft.

A New Jersey couple, Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure, made recent headlines for raising $400,000 on GoFundMe for homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said on November 15, that the three are facing charges for conspiring a fake story to crowdfund money. GoFundMe will also have to refund the 14,000 people who donated.

“The entire campaign was predicated on a lie,” Coffina said. “Less than an hour after the GoFundMe campaign went live, McClure, in a text exchange with a friend, stated the story about Bobbitt assisting her was fake.”

In October 2017, McClure started a GoFundMe page for Bobbitt, claiming she ran out of gas on I-95 when the homeless vet approached her car. She said the man used his last $20 to buy her gas. According to the campaign, the couple was inspired by his kindness and wanted to raise $10,000 for Bobbitt.

But in August 2018, Bobbitt sued the couple, claiming he didn’t get his share and the money he was promised had disappeared. The lawsuit led to an investigation into their campaign which uncovered the trio’s alleged conspiracy.

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