Homeless Veteran In $400,000 GoFundMe Scam Sentenced To Probation
By Bill Galluccio
April 12, 2019
The homeless veteran who was involved in a $400,000 GoFundMe scam was sentenced to five years of probation for his role in the scheme. Johnny Bobbitt Jr. will also have to enter into a drug treatment program and will be expected to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against the New Jersey couple who worked with him to concoct a feel-good story to raise money on the crowd-funding site.
Bobbitt was accused of conspiring with Katelyn McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D'Amico to raise money based on a false story that he gave McClure the last $20 that he had so she could buy gas. Thousands of people donated money online and over $400,000 was raised based off of the bogus story.
The story began to fall apart when Bobbitt accused the couple of stiffing him out of the money raised in his name. Instead, they allegedly used the money to buy expensive luxury items and go on lavish vacations.
McClure pleaded guilty to one federal count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in March and is facing up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced on June 19. McClure and D'Amico are also facing charges in New Jersey.