Bobbitt to be sentenced for GoFundMe scam

Tim Jimenez
April 12, 2019 - 7:27 am
Johnny Bobbitt

Burlington County Prosecutor's Office

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's sentencing day for the homeless man who admitted he took part in a GoFundMe scam that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

Johnny Bobbitt will be in a Mount Holly courtroom this morning before Judge Christopher Garrenger for his formal sentencing. Bobbitt pleaded guilty a month ago to a charge of conspiracy to commit theft by deception. He admitted he had a role in a GoFundMe scam that started in 2017, which took in $400,000 from 14,000 people. 

Authorities say Bobbitt joined South Jersey couple Katelyn McClure and Mark D'Amico in the scam.

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The heartwarming tale that went viral was that McClure ran out of gas on an I-95 ramp in Philly, and Bobbitt gave her all the money he had in his pocket: $20. McClure and Bobbitt even went on national TV to share the story. 

Things started to go south for the trio last year when Bobbitt claimed he wasn't getting his money, and he sued the couple. Investigators got involved, and they say McClure and D'Amico spent a lot of the money on gambling, vacations, cars and clothes. Bobbitt admitted he got $25,000 and spent it on a couple of pickup trucks and drugs. 

While Bobbitt and McClure pleaded guilty to separate federal charges stemming from this case, D'Amico maintains his innocence. 

GoFundMe says all the people who donated got their money back.