Johnny Bobbitt back in custody after judge issues arrest warrant

David Madden
January 09, 2019 - 10:50 am
Johnny Bobbitt

Burlington County Prosecutor's Office

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UPDATED: 2:25 p.m.

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — One of the suspects in last year’s GoFundMe scandal in Burlington County, who failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing, has been found Wednesday after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt did not abide by the terms set down last month, when Superior Court Judge Mark Tarantino released him. When he skipped out on the scheduled hearing, the judge issued the warrant Tuesday afternoon.

“We hope he understands that this is not going to go away because he refuses to show up in court,” Burlington County Prosecutor’s office spokesman Joel Bewley said. “We strongly encourage him to come in and answer these charges.”

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Bobbitt was released by Tarantino last month under the conditions that he informed the court where he is staying and submitted to drug testing and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

When Bobbitt failed to meet to conditions, Tarantino issued the warrant.

Early in the afternoon Wednesday, Bobbitt was picked up on a Philadelphia street. He’s now awaiting a second extradition to New Jersey.

Bobbitt has been accused of teaming up with co-defendants Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure in concocting a feel-good story that led people to donate $400,000 — almost all of which was spent. 

All three are due for a court hearing Feb. 6. D’Amico and McClure are free after waiving their initial hearing.

GoFundMe has returned all donations made to some 14,000 people.