GoFundMe scammer free pending trial, with conditions attached

David Madden
December 14, 2018 - 11:04 am
Johnny Bobbitt

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A Burlington County judge has allowed GoFundMe scheme defendant Johnny Bobbitt to be released as his case plays out. 

Bobbitt has been charged, along with Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico, of running a scam that netted some $400,000 in donations, all of which is gone. 

Prosecutors have made a deal with Bobbitt’s public defender. He will return to the Philadelphia apartment where he has been living, but he will have to agree to several conditions. 

Assistant Prosecutor Savrabh Singal explained some of the rules: "Attending three NA meetings a week and provide proof of attending to pre-trial services. Remaining arrest-free. No contact with the co-defendants and reporting any attempt of contact from them to him to pre-trial services. And submitting to random and routine urine samples."

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Judge Mark Tarantino, in approving the deal, gave Bobbitt a little advice, particularly if a drug treatment plan is put together.

"Maintaining your sobriety will help you obviously as person, but it will also help you maybe resolve the charges more favorably to yourself," he said. "So there’s a double reason for that, and just keep that in mind."

His next court appointment is a pre-indictment conference before Judge James Morley on Feb. 5. 2019, but that could be eliminated if he’s admitted to drug court. That would require a guilty plea of some sort to the theft charges against him. 

Co-defendants McClure and D’Amico are scheduled in court on Christmas Eve.