It seemed like an American Cinderella story: when New Jersey resident Kate McClure ran out of gas in a “Sketchy” neighborhood in Philadelphia, 35-year-old homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt offered her his last 20 dollars for gas, which he went and fetched for her himself.
McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico responded with a GoFundMe campaign to raise $10,000 so that Bobbitt could get safely through the winter.
The story captured the hearts and minds of many readers, and the campaign raised more than $400,000 in Bobbitt’s name.
The last update to the GoFundMe page described a plan in concert with Bobbitt’s “Lawyer” and “Financial adviser” to acquire a home and vehicle for him.
While Bobbitt lives under a bridge, McClure has purchased a new BMW and taken vacations to California, Florida, and Las Vegas – all, she claims, on the salary of a receptionist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
D’Amico has admitted to spending some of the money raised for Bobbitt to gamble but insists he paid it right back to the account.
In response, the couple has also accused Bobbitt of stealing from them to fund his drug habit and blowing through $25,000 that they handed him.