$545,000 raised for homeless Good Samaritan is 'all gone', says lawyer

Leroy Wright
September 6, 2018

A lawyer representing Johnny Bobbitt, whose story garnered national attention a year ago after he gave Kate McClure his last $20 to fill up her gas tank, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that news of the depleted account "came as a complete surprise".

Judge Paula Dow of Burlington County Superior Court also expressed concern that Kate McClure and boyfriend Mark D'Amico, who were once considered good Samaritans for raising the money through a GoFundMe account for the destitute military vet Johnny Bobbitt Jr., will attempt to flee her jurisdiction.

Bobbitt filed a lawsuit against the couple last month.

He also said Mr Bobbitt in December spent $25,000 in less than two weeks on drugs, in addition to paying overdue legal bills and sending money to his family. They say it's gone, and Bobbitt claims it was stolen.

Bobbitt's lawyer, Chris Fallon, said he learned on Tuesday that all of the money is gone, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Associated Press reported the New Jersey judge overseeing the case has given McClure and D'Amico 10 days to hire an accountant to review the financial records.

In a particularly damning quote, D'Amico said he'd "never" give all the GoFundMe money to Bobbitt. McLure, who is a receptionist, and D'Amico, who is a carpenter, said they have done nothing wrong and did everything they could to help Bobbitt.

She said there was no explanation about the money, other than that they were told "there was no money transferred because there was no money left", and that "it was not up for interpretation".

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"I hate that it came to this", Bobbitt told ABC 6, adding that he is back to being homeless and living on the streets.

Badway claimed in court last week that Bobbitt stole at least $200,000 of the funds since the account was created, the paper reported.

The couple told Kelly last week that they used their own money for the trips and vehicles, and said there was $150,000 left in the account although did not offer any proof. Fallon said he did not know the couple's current whereabouts. Bobbitt also had past-due legal fees they covered with the money and he sent some of the funds to his parents and brother, but Bobbitt used most of the money on drugs, they said.

Bobbitt's attorneys have taken steps to enter him into go into a 28-day residential detoxification program through a scholarship. He was very successful at a methadone clinic before, she said. In a stunning and disappointing turn of events, Bobbitt's pro bono attorney reports that he checked into McClure's progress only to be informed that as of yesterday, there is no money to put into escrow. But I would hope that nobody involved in the argument believes there's some basis for McClure and her boyfriend to simply take the remaining money and keep it or spend it on themselves.

The extravagances that Bobbitt suspected the couple used the money to pay for included a new BMW, and vacations to California, Florida, and Las Vegas.

"When there is a dispute, we work with all parties involved to ensure funds go to the right place", GoFundMe's statement read.

In August, Bobbitt told Philadelphia newspaper The Inquirer that he had only received a portion of the funds that were donated for him and that he feared the couple had mishandled the rest of what he was owed. He has earlier said Bobbitt has a drug addiction. He previously told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he didn't misuse the funds, yet admitted that he spent around $500 of it on gambling.

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