Homeless Man Says Couple Who Raised $400,000 For Him Online Have Spent It All

A homeless man is suing a couple who ran an online fundraiser to help him off the streets. The fundraiser ended up surpassing anyone's wildest dreams, but after some initial spending the couple refused to release any more money to the man.

They claimed that they were reluctant to give it to him because they were afraid he'd buy drugs with it, but now their lawyers have revealed that the money is gone.

It all started when the homeless Philadelphia man performed a selfless act of kindness. Late one night Johnny Bobbitt stumbled upon a stranded motorist. The woman, Kate McClure, said she ran out of gas and didn't have any money on her.

Bobbitt told her to wait in the car while he walked to a service station and spent his last $20 on gas. He then went back to McClure, filled up her tank and sent her on her way.

McClure was so grateful to Bobbitt that she started visiting him at his camp on the streets. She would bring him items, and he would share them with other local homeless people. McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, wanted to do even more for Bobbitt, so they started a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising a few thousand dollars.

The campaign surpassed their expectations, with more than $400,000 pouring in for Bobbitt. McClure said they were getting him a house, a car, and would establish two trust funds so that he would be set for life.

A year has passed, and now the couple has admitted through their lawyers that there is no money left. At first they purchased Bobbitt a mobile home, car and some other items, and gave him some cash. They claim he spent all his money on drugs, however, and refused to give him anymore.

D’Amico said on ‘Good Morning America’ that they had put $25,000 in an account they opened for Bobbitt, but he burned through it in less than two weeks. He spent all the money on drugs, they claim.

By that time, D'Amico and McClure said that after Bobbitt's spending and GoFundMe's cut, there was only about $150,000 left, and that they hadn’t touched it except for $500 Bobbitt loaned them at a casino. They claim they paid him back for that, and even let him keep his mobile home on their land.

Bobbitt claimed that the couple were living beyond their means. They started taking vacations and even bought a BMW. The couple denied using Bobbitt’s money and said they spent their own money on all the things they bought.

They insisted that the remainder of the money was sitting in their account and that they would be happy to have a forensic accountant go through their books so that the money could be put in a trust for Bobbitt and be out of their hands.

A judge ordered the couple to have an accountant review how the money was spent by Friday, but they missed the deadline. On Tuesday morning, their attorney delivered the news that the money is gone. Now, the couple are being investigated for fraud.

"It completely shocked me when I heard," said Chris Fallon, Bobbitt's attorney. "It came as a complete surprise to me."

Source: AOL
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