Couple Conspires With Homeless Man in GoFundMe Scam [VIDEO]
It started off as a heartwarming story. A New Jersey couple set up a GoFundMe page to help a local homeless man who had helped them when they had car trouble. Now all three are facing charges after a complaint alleges that the three conspired to raise money for their own personal gain.
Mark D'Amico, Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt will face charges including conspiracy and theft by deception, according to New Jersey's NBC-10.
D'Amico and McClure set up the GoFundMe page for Bobbitt and their goal of $10,000 was quickly eclipsed by the $400,000 that was donated to help the homeless man. The story went viral, with D'Amico and McClure making national TV appearances praising them for their charitability.
The story then began to unravel and Bobbitt sued the couple for mismanagement of the funds, saying they were dipping into the funds as a "personal piggy-bank."
Now a source familiar with the case says the three individuals schemed from the beginning to create the story and profit from the donations.