NC Homeless Veteran And NJ Couple Face Conspiracy Charges After GoFundMe Debacle

Homeless vet, couple allegedly made up story for GoFundMe scam

Prosecutors are apparently alleging the three people involved cooked up the scheme together as a way to raise money from unsuspecting dupes.

A homeless man whose kindness sparked $400,000 of GoFundMe donations was part of the same scam as a couple accused of stealing from him, police say.

The alleged scam began last August, when former Marine Bobbitt reportedly gave McClure $20 for gas after her auto ran out along an interstate in Philadelphia. In return, McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico launched a GoFundMe campaign telling the inspiring story and raising money to get Bobbitt off the street.

His office announced a major update in the case would be released Thursday afternoon, but multiple news outlets in Philadelphia that cover the South Jersey area said the three now face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception.

That's when the real trouble began.

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Bobbitt's attorney, Jacqueline Promislo, told The New York Post that the couple started to spend the money right after depositing it into their bank account on expensive shoes and pricey vacations.

D'Amico said that he had been controlling Bobbitt's money and said that he would dole out more funds when Bobbitt got a job and quit using drugs.

Later that month, GoFundMe told KYW that it was working to ensure that Bobbitt received the money raised for him. But it appears there were no victims in this story, only con men (and women) looking to take advantage of the rest of us and, eventually, each other. McClure and D'Amico have already turned themselves in. Bobbitt's current whereabouts are unknown.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina is holding a news conference at 2 p.m.to discuss the case.

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