Police raid home of NJ couple after $400K for homeless man vanishes

2018 shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr

GoFundMe announced Thursday that the homeless veteran who accused a couple of spending almost $400,000 in donation money meant for him will get the entire amount of funds that he personally didn't spend back, as part of the "GoFundMe Guarantee". Authorities were reportedly seen removing bags of items from the residence.

Bobbitt wonders how McClure, a receptionist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, paid for the new BMW she drives and for vacations to California, Florida, and Las Vegas, as well as a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.

A homeless veteran who spent his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman will receive more than $US400,000 ($562,000) which she and her boyfriend raised for him after the couple was accused of spending most of the money on themselves.

Early Thursday, Florence Township police and investigators from the Burlington County prosecutor's office executed a search warrant on the couple's home as part of a criminal investigation, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said. McClure and D'Amico have been ordered to appear in court next week to explain what happened to the money, but no charges have been filed.

The allegations were used as a basis for obtaining the search warrant, which generally requires a lesser standard of proof than an arrest warrant.

The homeless veteran received mass media attention back in November when he spent his last $20 on gas for Kate McClure, who was stuck on the I-95 after her auto ran out of fuel.

The company assured customers that although Bobbitt's case in unusual, they have "taken steps to prevent this extremely unique situation from occurring again".

He claims he only received $75,000. The Superior Court Judge in New Jersey, Paula, T. Dow, said she's no longer comfortable hearing only from the couple's attorney and wants them to answer questions in person. While the couple initially claimed through their lawyer that there was still plenty of money left, their counsel told a judge on Tuesday that all of the funds are gone. Bobbitt has questioned where they got the money for the new auto.

According to Philadelphia's WTXF-TV, Bobbitt is in a 30-day treatment program.

"Until we have a forensic accountant go through it, I can't say that they spent his money. GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets support he deserves", said the statement, which was emailed to reporters by Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundMe.

- GoFundMe announced they will give homeless vet Johnny Bobbitt the $400,000 raised for him.

WPVI, the ABC television affiliate in Philadelphia, reports that an attorney for McClure and D'Amico tried to assert a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination for his clients. D'Amico told the newspaper he had indeed used $500 from the bank account to gamble on a night when he forgot his Sugarhouse Casino card but had "quickly repaid" the money with his winnings.

But this summer, Bobbitt, 35, was found back on drugs and living under a bridge in Philly.

In court on Wednesday, the couple's lawyer Ernest Badway said Mr Bobbitt has received about A$278,000.

GoFundMe has deposited $20,000 into an escrow account for Bobbitt while the investigation into the possible misuse of funds continues, according to the Inquirer.

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