Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Homeless man row: US couple ordered to hand over Johnny Bobbitt money

Homeless man row: US couple ordered to hand over Johnny Bobbitt money

A homeless man in the U.S. is suing a Philadelphia couple after they raised more than $US400,000 to help him get back on his feet but are now allegedly using the funds to pay for lavish trips and a new BMW. To thank him, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, set up a GoFundMe for Bobbitt, with the goal of raising $10,000 to help him get a place to stay so he could get his life back on track.

D'Amico and McClure deny the allegations, arguing they are wary of handing the army veteran large sums as they fear he will buy drugs.

Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia. He's seeking undisclosed damages, and his lawyers want a judge to appoint someone to oversee the account.

The couple were inspired to help the homeless man after he gave McClure his last $20 to help her get out of jam. Bobbitt, who at the time was living under an I-95 ramp in Kensington, came to her aid after she ran out of gas nearby and had no cash or credit card on her.

Fallon estimated that GoFundMe would have taken about $30,000 to $40,000 in commission from the more than $400,000 that was raised, which means more than $250,000 should be left.

Bobbit had gained worldwide attention after he spent his last $20 to help a McClure buy gas last fall.

Meanwhile, D'Amico said that Bobbitt spent $25,000 of they money they did give him on drugs in the span of two weeks in December.

Homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt is pictured on November 25, 2017 during an interview with "Good Morning America".

The story went viral, and they later appeared on shows like "Good Morning America" and were interviewed by the BBC.

The relationship soured, and Bobbitt claimed in court that the money - almost $403,000 raised from about 14,000 online donors - never fully ended up in his possession.

The documents also allege the couple used the donated money as "their personal piggybank" and that they "conspired" to use Bobbitt's money to "fund a lifestyle they could not otherwise afford". But Bobbitt became homeless again after D'Amico told him in June that he had to leave the property.

This week, she said there was more than $150,000 left to NBC Today host Megyn Kelly.

Mr D'Amico works as a carpenter and Ms McClure is a receptionist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, according to local media.

And Bobbitt told the Inquirer that D'Amico gambled away some of the GoFundMe money at a casino in Philadelphia.

The couple claimed that they had spent around half the money on a house for Bobbitt. "There should be close to another $300,000 available to Johnny", Bobbitt's lawyer Chris Fallon told CNN.

"We need to make sure the money is safe while a full accounting is done", Jacqueline Promislo, one of Bobbitt's lawyers, said before Thursday's hearing.

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