GoFundMe scam: Kate McClure sentenced to 3 years behind bars

This all started when Kate McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D'Amico started a GoFundMe for homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt.

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Woman in $400K GoFundMe scam sentenced to 3 years behind bars
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Kate McClure is already serving time after pleading guilty to federal charges and being sentenced to one year. Both sentences will run concurrently.

CAMDEN, New Jersey (WPVI) -- Kate McClure was sentenced Friday to three years behind bars for her role in the GoFundMe scheme that scammed donations from thousands of people.

She pleaded guilty to one charge of theft by deception back in April of 2019.

McClure is already serving time after pleading guilty to federal charges and being sentenced to one year. Both sentences will run concurrently.

SEE ALSO: Mark D'Amico, accused ringleader in GoFundMe scam, sentenced to 27 months in federal prison

This all began in late 2017 when McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D'Amico started a GoFundMe for homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt, claiming Bobbitt gave McClure his last $20 when she ran out of gas.

The made-up story went viral, and 14,000 people donated more than $400,000.

The trio became the center of a Hulu documentary produced by the 6abc investigative team, called "No Good Deed, A Crowdfunding Holiday Heist."

The documentary features interviews with D'Amico, McClure and Bobbitt before the world found out the truth.

The truth began to emerge after Bobbitt sued the couple, accusing them of keeping the money for themselves.

Court documents show almost none of their story was true.

Still, the couple spent large chunks of the money in a matter of months on lavish casino trips and a BMW.

McClure's attorney previously said she was in an abusive relationship and called D'Amico a "master manipulator."