N.J. man federally indicted on 16-counts for GoFundMe scam

David Madden
January 08, 2020 - 9:32 pm
Mark D'Amico

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The third defendant in the 2017 GoFundMe hoax that involved a homeless man and a Burlington County couple has been indicted in federal court.

Mark D’Amico, 40, faces a total of 16 counts of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. He is alleged to have scammed thousands of generous people who donated more than $400,000 dollars, because they thought he and his then-girlfriend were helping a homeless veteran. 

GoFundMe officials said the money has been returned to donors.

D’Amico, along with co-defendant Kate McClure allegedly made up a story about Johnny Bobbitt giving McClure $20 to help after her car ran out of gas. The group solicited donations through GoFundMe to suppossedly help Bobbitt. 

McClure and Bobbitt have admitted to their roles in the affair in federal court and all three have pleaded guilty to state charges in Burlington County.

D’Amico’s attorney said he plans to fight the federal charges in court.