Things are not looking up for a New Jersey couple accused of taking a massive amount of money away from a homeless veteran that they raised GoFundMe donations for.
The fiasco all began as a selfless act: a homeless man using his last $20 to help a woman in need.
And then it dissolved into a tooth-and-nail fight.
According to CBS News, homeless vet John Bobbitt found Katelyn McClure stranded without gas late at night in Philadelphia in 2017. Bobbitt used the last of his money to buy her more fuel and walked to the gas station and back with a gas can.
Touched by his kindness, McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico set up a GoFundMe page for him. The story of Bobbitt’s kindness deeply touched so many people that donations of over $400,000 flooded in to help Bobbitt find a home and get back on his feet financially.
The problem is, Bobbitt said he’s only gotten a small portion of the money since and claims the couple has failed to fully deliver on other promises they made to him. The couple, in turn, says Bobbitt has a drug problem and they were hesitant to give him the lump sum.
“Every dollar he ever touched was used for drugs,” D’Amico said, according to ABC 7 NY. “That’s why it took so long for us to finally have to say, ‘no’ when it came time for him asking for money when we knew where it was going. I wanted to make sure that at the end of the day, when he was ready to, he had something left.”
Bobbitt, whose lawyer says he does struggle with drugs, sued the couple. His claim that McClure and D’Amico used the GoFundMe money to purchase a used BMW and take costly vacations caught authorities’ attention.
Their trips included front-row Broadway show tickets in New York and helicopter rides, according to pictures D’Amico posted on social media. D’Amico also admitted to using some of the money for gambling but claims he got the money back.
Is the couple wealthy enough on their own to afford such expenses? It’s hard to say. Apparently, McClure makes $43,000 in a government job and D’Amico is a carpenter.
On Thursday, investigators used a search warrant to raid the couple’s home and haul away their newly acquired BMW, along with other items, the Epoch Times reported.
"Due to the enormous public interest in this matter, I am confirming that a search warrant was executed early this morning by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and the Florence Township Police Department at the residence of Mark D'Amico and Katelyn McClure in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt matter," Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina said.
"As of this time, there have been no charges filed,” he added. “Further updates will be provided as circumstances warrant."
In other words, a whole lot is still up in the air. The couple denies any wrongdoing.