McClure, D'Amico Raid: NJ Couple Who Raised Money Under Investigation

Search warrant carried out at home of New Jersey couple accused of misusing money raised for homeless man

Search warrant carried out at home of New Jersey couple accused of misusing money raised for homeless man

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and Florence police searched the couple's home on Thursday on a search warrant as part of a criminal investigation.

Mark D'Amico and Kate McClure gained viral fame when they started a fundraiser to pay back Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless man who gave $20 to Kate when her auto ran out of gas.

The mystery of where the missing $400,000 raised in GoFundMe for Johnny Bobbitt, a Philadelphia homeless man still hasn't been solved yet, but today GoFundMe announced that Bobbitt is going to get his money from them while the authorities work to recover it.

The highly-publicized fundraiser was started by McClure last year after Bobbitt, a 34-year-old former Marine, gave his last $20 to her when she ran out of gas on I-95 outside of Philadelphia. McClure and boyfriend Mark D'Amico in turn created a GoFundMe page that they hoped would raise $10,000 for him.

McClure and D'Amico have denied any wrongdoing. "GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets support he deserves". Bobbitt's attorney says his client has only seen about $75,000 of that money and should have gotten about $300,000 more after GoFundMe's fees.

"Johnny will be made whole and we're committing that he'll get the balance of the funds that he has not yet received or benefitted from".

"We'll continue to assist with the ongoing law enforcement investigation". The campaign was established to aid the homeless man whose story of helping a stranded motorist in Philadelphia inspired thousands of people to contribute.

The couple's home was raided on Thursday and a new BMW along with a number of boxes were hauled away by police.

As for the couple, they've been ordered to appear in a deposition on Monday, along with Bobbitt.

All the money has been spent, their attorney said, adding that the couple meant to invoke their rights against incriminating themselves in the lawsuit.

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Bobbitt filed a lawsuit against the couple last month.

The judge said that what happened to some of the funds "lacks clarity" and that she needed to hear from the couple themselves. The gesture quickly went viral, and the campaign raised more than $400,000 for Bobbitt, who at the time was living on the streets and struggling with drug addiction.

However, after an August 29 court proceeding, the couple reportedly failed to meet a 48-hour deadline a judge gave them to turn over any remaining funds to Bobbitt.

The campaign benefiting Bobbitt - which raised more than $400,000 from roughly 14,000 people - began accepting donations in November, almost 10 months ago. That didn't happen. Bobbitt initially claimed he only received about $75,000, much of which was earmarked for things like a auto and camper.

The sore spot for Bobbitt's attorney at this point is that the police case doesn't technically exist yet.

No criminal charges are pending, and a spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office didn't respond to a request for comment for this story.

"We sit down go over the bank statements and what's left is yours", D'Amico wrote without providing a dollar figure.

In a pre-trial hearing in Bobbitt's lawsuit on Wednesday, the couple's lawyer insisted Bobbitt has received $200,000.

The couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the cash and parked it on land McClure's family owns in New Jersey.

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