A New Jersey couple who started a campaign that raised $400,000 for a homeless man after an act of kindness are now facing the possibility of going to jail over the same situation, according to NBC News.
Cops have already raided the home of Katelyn McClure and boyfriend Mark D’Amico, and in the process seizing a new BMW–paid for, allegedly by funds raised–and spent–from that GoFund Me account.
The drama started when McClure ran out of gas near a Philadelphia freeway and was given $20–every penny he had–by a homeless Marine veteran, Johnny Bobbitt Jr..
McClure started a GoFund Me campaign to aid Bobbitt and the feel good story soon prompted 14,000 people to send donations to Bobbitt via McClure and D’Amico.
In total, $402,000 was eventually raised.
But Bobbitt says he only got $75,000 of the cash. The rest, his pro bono lawyers have said, was spent by McClure and D’Amico, who originally said they were withholding the monies because Bobbitt had smoked dope with and loaned out the original $75,000 he was given.
The couple’s lawyer announced he would be withdrawing from the case, especially since charges are “likely” coming.
“(Since) it is expected that one or both of the defendants will likely be indicted, my firm and I will no longer be able to continue our representation of them in this matter,” attorney Ernest Badway wrote in a court motion.
GoFund Me has agreed to replace the missing funds earmarked for Bobbitt.