Homeless man charged in GoFundMe scam faces judge in New Jersey

David Madden
December 07, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Johnny Bobbitt

David Madden | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The homeless man from Philadelphia implicated in an elaborate GoFundMe ripoff was back in New Jersey on Friday to face charges along with a Burlington County couple. 

Clad in a red prison jump suit, Johnny Bobbitt had little for the two minutes he appeared by video link before Judge Mark Tarantino. Prosecutors, noting his lack of an address, suggested he'd be a flight risk and requested detention. Bobbitt's public defender announced he would seek to place his client in drug treatment. 

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The judge ordered everything put on hold until Tuesday, meaning Bobbitt will spend the weekend in a Burlington County jail cell.

Bobbitt faces theft by deception charges for his part in conning people to contribute $400,000 using a story that turned out to be bogus. Co-defendants Mark D'Amico and Kate McClure, who allegedly spent the vast majority of the money on themselves, are due in court for a hearing on Christmas Eve.