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Bobbitt, couple charged in homeless GoFundMe case

16 November 2018

A GoFundMe that was set up by McClure and her boyfriend D'Amico raised more than $400,000 to help Bobbitt.

The couple denied the accusation, saying that they did not give Bobbitt all the money because they feared he would turn back to drugs and spend it all. He said authorities found more than 60,000 texts between McClure and D'Amico about their financial woes, discussing their inability to pay their bills and their increasing debts.

In September, GoFundMe vowed to give Bobbitt the rest of the money that was donated to him, and it isn't clear whether that has happened or not. "The entire campaign was predicated on a lie", Prosecutor Scott Coffina told reporters.

WRAL reports that all three now face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for working together to create the alleged ruse. Chris Fallon, Bobbitt's attorney, earlier said he had gotten about $75,000 of the cash.

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Police in Philadelphia also arrested Bobbitt on Wednesday and said he was considered a fugitive of justice from Burlington County in connection with the case. Then, when a federal judge ordered the couple to transfer the remaining funds to Bobbitt, the couple's lawyer said there were no funds left at all.

In September, a search warrant was executed at the couple's Bordentown home.

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In one text exchange in March 2018, McClure anxious that she and D'Amico had less than $10,000 United States remaining, but D'Amico wasn't concerned, Coffina said.

The Burlington County prosecutor's office announced the charges Thursday.

Coffina said that by March 2018, the couple spent the vast majority of the donated money on a auto, vacations, a number of handbags and casino visits.

Investigators said the three deliberately prevented donors from gaining information "that would affect their judgment about solicited contribution to that fundraising effort", according to the news station.

"All donors who contributed to this GoFundMe campaign will receive a full refund".

Prosecutors began investigating after Bobbitt claimed he wasn't getting the money that had been raised on his behalf.

The feel-good tale suffered its first upset when Bobbitt claimed that the couple used the GoFundMe money as a "personal piggy bank", and sued the couple in August for mismanaging his money. GoFundMe is "fully cooperating" with law enforcement officials in the investigation.

Bobbitt, couple charged in homeless GoFundMe case