BMW seized from home of couple who raised money for homeless man

Judge Paula T. Dow addresses the lawyers during a hearing on missing funds in the Johnny Bobbitt case in the Olde Historic Courthouse in Mt. Holly NJ Wednesday Sept. 5 2018. Mc Clure and D'Amico are accused of mismanaging the money raised for Bobbi

Judge Paula T. Dow addresses the lawyers during a hearing on missing funds in the Johnny Bobbitt case in the Olde Historic Courthouse in Mt. Holly NJ Wednesday Sept. 5 2018. Mc Clure and D'Amico are accused of mismanaging the money raised for Bobbi

Police on Thursday morning descended on the home of a New Jersey couple accused of pilfering from an online fundraiser they launched that raised more than $400,000 to help a homeless veteran.

Last month, homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt Jr. told The Philadelphia Inquirer that McClure, who works for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and D'Amico, a carpenter, spent the money meant for him on a new BMW and lavish getaways to California, Florida, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Authorities were reportedly seen removing bags of items from the residence.

The couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the funds and parked it on land McClure's family owns in New Jersey.

Citing "enormous public interest" in the case, county prosecutor Scott Coffina confirmed in a Facebook post that Mark D'Amico and Katelyn McClure are under investigation, though no charges have been filed.

The couple, in a statement through their attorney, said they gave Bobbitt $200,000.

Neither the couple nor Bobbitt was in court Wednesday. The request for an injunction also alleges that D'Amico and McClure deposited the money into personal accounts, and denied Bobbitt access to the donations.

The allegations were used as a basis for obtaining the search warrant, which generally requires a lesser standard of proof than an arrest warrant.

Dow has since asked the couple to appear in court on Monday for depositions, saying she had heard enough from their attorney, Ernest Badway, and that it was time they spoke for themselves, CNN reported. They said they were touched by his kindness after Bobbitt gave his last $20 to McClure for gas when she became stranded on Interstate 95 in October.

Both sides have given differing accounts about how much money got to Bobbitt.

He claims he only received $75,000.

But then the story took a dark turn, with accusations of mismanagement and outright theft of the money raised on Bobbitt's behalf.

According to Philadelphia's WTXF-TV, Bobbitt is in a 30-day treatment program. "GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets [the] support he deserves", Bobby Whithorne, GoFundMe director of North America communications, said in a statement. They alleged that Bobbit spent some of it on drugs and that they were withholding the rest.

A judge ordered the couple to wire remaining money into a trust set up for Bobbitt, and the judge will determine how the money will be managed.

GoFundMe and the law firm representing a homeless good Samaritan say he will receive all the money raised for him.

WPVI, the ABC television affiliate in Philadelphia, reports that an attorney for McClure and D'Amico tried to assert a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination for his clients.

I was thinking about this story yesterday while taking care of some chores around the house and it struck me that the tale of Johnny Bobbitt and Katie McClure is becoming more and more like The Truman Show.

As far as the court cases go, there is now a criminal investigation on top of the civil case that Bobbitt's pro bono attorney has brought against the couple.

Mr Bobbitt has had past issues with drugs.

GoFundMe said it gave $20,000 to an account set up by his attorney to help him during the investigation.

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