Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

$400K Raised by Couple for Homeless Veteran is ‘Gone,’ Attorney Says

Kate McClure left and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. posing for They raised $400,000 for a homeless vet. There’s none left to give him, lawyer says.
Glenn Montgomery | 07 September, 2018, 09:52

In August, a judge ordered the couple to hand over the remaining funds from the campaign.

Bobbitt's attorneys requested that the couple remain in New Jersey, surrender their passports, post a bond and restrict access to their bank accounts after they failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to deliver any remaining money from the GoFundMe account, according to the paper.

McClure and D'Amico's attorney, Ernest Badway, told The Associated Press on Tuesday they have no comment.

Bobbitt and his attorney say that more $400,000 raised by McClure and her boyfriend in a GoFundMe campaign meant to lift him out of homelessness, has vanished without ever reaching him.

The lawyer of a homeless veteran now says his GoFundMe money is all gone - It all started when he gave his last $20. D'Amico claimed that Bobbitt has a substance abuse problem and that the couple was merely doing the responsible thing by giving him a little bit of money at a time. The judge said the couple must give the money to their defense lawyer, who was directed to place funds into an escrow account as the case continues.

A New Jersey judge had ordered the couple to turn the money over by last Friday, the Inquirer reported. The money was to be controlled by Bobbitt's lawyer, and not used until determined how so by the judge.

The couple, who started the campaign after Bobbitt used his last $20 to help McClure get gas after she ran out late at night, deny the claims in the suit, saying they're wary of giving Bobbitt large sums because they fear he will buy drugs. It raised more than $400,000 in funds donated by more than 14,000 people. Bobbitt used $20 he had collected from panhandling that day to buy her gas. They later appeared on shows like "Good Morning America" and were interviewed by the BBC before the relationship went sour.

Bobbitt's attorneys say he has received closer to $75,000, including the cost of the camper and vehicle.

"There is no money left", he told told newsite NJ.com, adding his client is "completely devastated" by the news. One of Bobbitt's lawyers said that D'Amico had ignored their requests for a full accounting of the GoFundMe money and that "he's really left us with no choice but to go forward" with the lawsuit.

McClure and D'Amico raised the money starting late previous year to buy Bobbitt, among other things, his own home and his "dream" truck: a 1999 Ford Ranger. Some of the money GoFundMe donors gave to him ended up in the pockets of drug dealers, Bobbitt told the Inquirer.

Bobbitt's lawyer Chris Fallon explained to CNN, "From what I can see, the GoFundMe account raised $402,000 and GoFundMe charged a fee of approximately $30,000".

Mr D'Amico admitted to the Inquirer he used about $680 at the casino, but later repaid it. It's also reported that Bobbitt is accused of spending that amount of money on drugs, overdue legal bills, and sending $$ to family.

Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt reunite for the first time on TV after Bobbitt helped McClure when her auto broke down two months ago on I-95 exit ramp in Philadelphia.

"We are working with law enforcement officials to ensure Johnny receives all of the funds raised on his behalf", the company said in a statement obtained by multiple outlets. The couple claimed Bobbitt went through $25,000 in 13 days.

The couple will also took the Fifth, telling the judge they want to use their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

It would seem safe to say that Bobbitt's life is better today than it was before this whole saga kicked off last fall.

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