Homeless 'good Samaritan' gets probation in GoFundMe scam

Philadelphia homeless man at center of viral GoFundMe scam gets five years probation

Homeless veteran who lied in viral $400K GoFundMe scam learns sentence today in N.J. court

Prosecutors contend Bobbitt, Katelyn McClure, and McClure's then-boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, made up a story in 2017 about Bobbitt giving $20 to help McClure when her vehicle ran out of gas in Philadelphia.

"There is a restitution figure of $402,706 representing charitable contributions from 14,347 donors", Garrenger said, adding, "Mr. Bobbitt will compensate the victims for his conduct".

Bobbitt also pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a federal court, according to WCAU.

Prosecutors contend Bobbitt, McClure and McClure's then-boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, made up the story in 2017 and even faked photos of themselves standing on the street at the scene of the purported exchange.

Johnny Bobbitt pleaded guilty last month in state court to conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

As supporters rallied behind Bobbitt, it turned out another twist would emerge in November.

It turns out the story was too good to be true.

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Bobbitt has since admitted that he never helped McClure, but instead met the couple while panhandling near a casino. He maintains that he did not play a role in setting up the GoFundMe, but did further the fraud by appearing on news shows and retelling the lie, making him a co-conspirator.

The probationary terms for Friday's sentencing in Burlington County require him to enter the state Superior Court drug court program, in which he'll be expected to get a job and adhere to a structured regimen of treatment and recovery services.

Bobbitt said he helped defendants Katelyn McClure and Mark D'Amico fabricate a hard luck story that resulted in donations that totaled $402,706. The couple allegedly spent the funds on a luxury auto, gambling and vacations, among other things, prosecutors said. He said it would not have succeeded in defrauding so many donors without his active participation.

"This did not have to happen", McDonnell said.

McClure and D'Amico accused the homeless man of spending the GoFundMe money on family, drugs, a truck and a trailer.

Johnny Bobbitt was given the sentence Friday as part of a plea agreement reached with county prosecutors last month. A New Jersey judge told Bobbitt Friday that he must testify against his codefendants. Any infractions could bring him a five-year prison sentence, according to Burlington County Prosecutor spokesman Joel Bewley.

Bobbitt has agreed to pay restitution, an amount that will later be determined. "He admittedly promoted and perpetuated the false narrative that he had given his last $20 to his co-conspirator Kate McClure when she had run out of gas on the side of the highway, with the intent to manipulate the goodwill of others to obtain money for himself".

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