New Jersey man, Mark D'Amico, indicted for alleged role in GoFundMe scam

MT. HOLLY, N.J. (WPVI) -- A man who authorities say was involved in a GoFundMe scam in New Jersey was indicted Wednesday.

Mark D'Amico, 39, was charged last year along with his then-girlfriend, 29-year-old Katelyn McClure, and 36-year-old Johnny Bobbit.

Prosecutors say Bobbitt, McClure and D'Amico made up a story in 2017 and even faked photos of themselves standing on the street at the scene of the purported exchange.

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The trio gained widespread recognition, and more than 14,000 donors contributed through GoFundMe to help Bobbitt who was reportedly homeless. But it was all a scam, Burlington County prosecutors said, intended to enrich the three co-conspirators. GoFundMe has said it refunded the donations.

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The couple claimed the cash would be donated to Bobbitt, but New Jersey authorities said the three split the money and spent lavishly, including on a BMW, designer bags and trips to Las Vegas and elsewhere.

More than $85,000 in cash was withdrawn at, or near, casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and in Pennsylvania, prosecutors have said.

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Bobbitt pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit theft by deception. McClure pledged guilty in April to theft by deception in exchange for a four-year term in state prison.

D'Amico was indicted on Tuesday on a slew of charges including financial facilitation of criminal activity and theft by deception.
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