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Couple Who Helped Raise $400,000 For Homeless Man Now Accused of Stealing His Money

After a homeless man performed an incredible kindness, a couple felt compelled to do something nice for him. They started an online campaign in hopes of raising $10,000 for the man to get him off the streets. The story touched so many people they ended up raising $400,000. Now, they are being investigated for mishandling campaign funds, but the couple say people don't know the whole story.

In November, Johnny Bobbitt, a 35-year-old homeless veteran, made national news when he helped a motorists who ran out of gas. Kate McClure's car got stuck in a bad neighborhood in Philadelphia and she didn't have any money on her. Bobbitt made her wait safely in the car while he walked to a gas station and put down $20, all the money he had in the world, to buy gas for her. He then walked back to the car and filled up McClure's tank so she could be on her way.

McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, wanted to pay Bobbitt back for his kindness in a big way, so they started the online fundraising campaign. The money taken in surpassed their wildest dreams and they reported that Bobbitt was going to be set for life with a house and trust funds.

Since then, things have fallen apart. Bobbitt has a lawyer and says that McClure and D'Amico have been spending his money. The couple has a lawyer and are trying to protect themselves. GoFundMe is looking into the campaign and trying to assess how the money was spent.

McClure and D'Amico say they did not touch any of Bobbitt's money, except $500 that he loaned them at a casino while on vacation with him. The couple say that GoFundMe kept roughly $50,000 of the income, and another $200,000 was spent to take care of Bobbitt.

They've had to hire lawyers for him, had to help him secure a birth certificate and ID, got him medical care and bought him a camper, which they say he preferred instead of a house because he wanted to travel to Alaska to live off the land.

Bobbitt also sent money to his parents, bought a television, a lap top, two cell phones and an SUV. He brought his brother to live with him in his camper, which is parked on the couple's property. The brother, they say, is also an addict.

The couple also say they tried putting some money into an account for Bobbitt to see how he would manage it. They were concerned so they transferred only $25,000 into the account, and Bobbitt burned through it in 13 days, spending the majority of it on drugs.

D'Amico says they tried to get him into rehab, but failed. They didn't know what else to do but felt uncomfortable just handing over the rest of the money. "We saw the pattern developing. Every dollar he ever touched was used for drugs," he explains. "He was going to do something foolish and end up right back where he was. I wanted to make sure at the end of the day when he was ready he had something left."

Bobbitt is complaining that McClure and D'Amico are taking a lot of vacations and even recently bought a BMW. The couple says they spend their own money on their activities, and also to purchase the used car. They are happy to have accountants go through their books and are eager to get the remainder of the money into a trust so that the matter is out of their hands.

The couple asked Bobbitt to leave their land and he's now back on the streets. He says they sold his SUV and that he hasn't been given the money for it.

Source: Daily Mail

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