Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

GoFundMe: Homeless Veteran To Get Balance Of $400,000 Amid Defrauding Accusations

GoFundMe: Homeless Veteran To Get Balance Of $400,000 Amid Defrauding Accusations

In a statement, GoFundMe says, "Johnny will be made whole and we're committing that he will receive the balance of the unspent funds raised on his behalf". "GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets the support he deserves", a GoFundMe rep said in a statement.

GoFundMe says a homeless veteran will get the remaining balance of funds he has not received after the man's lawyer says the account had been emptied. The gesture quickly went viral, and the campaign raised more than $400,000 for Bobbitt, who at the time was living on the streets and struggling with drug addiction.

It's the latest drama in a story we've been covering for you.

"With the money, I would like to get him first and last month's rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and four-to-six months' worth of expenses", she wrote on the GoFundMe page during the campaign.

What happened to the actual donations is now under criminal investigation.

Police armed with a search warrant left the couple's home in Florence, New Jersey, about 30 miles (48 kilometres) northeast of Philadelphia, with bags and boxes of material and the BMW, according to news outlets at the scene when the raid occurred.

The Burlington County Prosecutors Office has since confirmed the search was related to allegations levied against the couple by a homeless vet. "Further updates will be provided as circumstances warrant". Both items have since been sold and the proceeds were provided to Bobbitt, they said. One of Bobbitt's lawyers said that D'Amico had ignored their requests for a full accounting of the GoFundMe money and that "he's really left us with no choice but to go forward" with the lawsuit. They could not be reached for comment Thursday morning. McClure explained that Bobbitt used his last $US20 to buy her gas when she was stranded on the side on an interstate, and she wanted to invite everyone to help return the favour. D'Amico told Bobbitt that he could get the money without it being put in a trust or without any stipulations on how it should be spent. It raised more than $400,000 from more than 14,000 people. But Bobbitt became homeless again after D'Amico told him in June that he had to leave the property. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the couple recently bought a BMW as well as vacations in Las Vegas and Florida with the money they raised.

During the search, the couple looked unhurried.

Bobbitt has now received $20,000 as part of the guarantee, which will be used to get him an apartment and food, Fallon says.

All the money has been spent, their attorney said, adding that the couple meant to invoke their rights against incriminating themselves in the lawsuit.

Badway indicated in court Wednesday that his clients intend to invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to give testimony about where the money went.

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