All GoFundMe money is gone, attorney for homeless man John Bobbitt says

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
All GoFundMe money is gone, attorney for homeless man says
All GoFundMe money is gone, attorney for homeless man says. Chad Pradelli reports during Action News at 4:30pm on September 4, 2018.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The attorney for Philadelphia homeless man John Bobbitt, whose act of kindness led to a $400,000 GoFundMe fundraiser to presumably help him, said all of the cash raised in his client's name is gone.

Attorney Chris Fallon said he found this out during a conference call with the attorney for Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico on Tuesday morning.

Bobbitt and his attorney accused the couple of spending a large portion of the money on themselves and sued to find out where the money had gone.

An attorney for the couple, Ernest Bradway, has declined comment.

Kate McClure shielded her face as she drove away from her Florence Township, New Jersey home. She did not respond to questions about the money.

A New Jersey Superior Court judge is expected to hold a hearing on this case Wednesday.

GoFundMe released a statement Tuesday that says any money that was misspent will be guaranteed by the company.

How the money was spent is unclear.

McClure and D'Amico had been ordered to turn over any remaining money by Friday, but that never happened. They were also ordered to provide a full accounting of the money within 10 days.

In a court hearing last week, Bradway said, "They have said they would have a forensic accountant, they said they are fine with the trustee, they have said they will open up the books. What more can they do? I would urge anybody to withhold judgment until that has been made public."

Bobbitt gave up his last $20 to help Kate McClure, who had run out of gas off of I-95. McClure was so moved she and her boyfriend, D'Amico, started the GoFundMe account for Bobbitt, a man who was also struggling with addiction.

The fundraiser garnered approximately $400,000, which amounted to roughly $360,000 after GoFundMe's fees.

Bobbitt claims he only received $75,000 in cash, goods and services. The defense attorney said Bobbitt actually received $200,000 dollars from the money donated.

Bobbitt claims he only received a small portion of the money raised. Chad Pradelli reports during Action News at 11 on August 30, 2018.

In an exclusive interview with Action News last week, John Bobbitt says Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico had complete control over his money and they used thousands of it to go on lavish trips, shopping sprees and gambling.

Bobbitt is back on the streets.

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"I always felt like I was in a weird situation. I didn't want to be pressured to get a lawyer or do anything because I didn't want to seem ungrateful," he said.

Bobbitt claimed the couple spent much of the money raised on GoFundMe on themselves.

"I had to ask them for everything. In the beginning, it was like a joke, they were like my parents. But the joke starts not being funny," Bobbitt said.

"He is a self-described gambling addict," Bobbitt said of D'Amico. "I think it's pretty hypocritical for you to tell me that I can't manage my money because I might spend it on drugs."

More than 14,000 people donated to help Bobbitt. McClure and D'Amico set up the GoFund Me with claims they would buy Bobbitt a house and set up two trusts. It never happened.

More than $200,000 raised to help Philly homeless man who used last $20 to help N.J. woman: Chad Pradelli reports on Action News at 4:30 p.m., November 23, 2017

Action News began following McClure and D'Amico's spending habits online beginning late last year, after receiving an anonymous tip they were allegedly spending the GoFundMe money. In just a few months, McClure posted pictures and videos of a New Year's Eve Bash in Las Vegas, helicopter rides, trips to New York with front row tickets to a Broadway show, and shopping excursions.

How they paid for the items and trips is unclear. McClure is an administrative assistant with the state of New Jersey who makes $43,000 per year. D'Amico is a carpenter. The couple has previously denied spending any of the GoFundMe money on themselves.

Paying it forward after a stranger helps. Watch the report from Action News at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2017.
Hero homeless man John Bobbitt says he only received small portion of GoFundMe money: Chad Pradelli reports on Action News at 6 p.m., August 30, 2018


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