Woman, homeless man in GoFundMe scheme plead guilty

An image of Johnny Bobbitt Jr. from left Mark D'Amico and Katelyn Mc Clure on display during during a press conference Thursday Nov. 15 2018 in Mount Holly N.J

Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless man charged with engaging in a GoFundMe scheme, pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden, N.J., on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Katelyn McClure, 28, a state worker from Florence, copped a plea to conspiracy to commit wire fraud while Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 36, the Philadelphia homeless man who McClure claimed had given her his last $20 when her auto ran out of gas in 2017, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

In reality, McClure never ran out of gas and Bobbitt never spent his last $20 for her. D'Amico and McClure allegedly conspired to create the false story to obtain money from donors. GoFundMe has since made refunds to thousands of people who donated, thinking they were giving to Bobbitt.

Mr D'Amico's attorney, Mark Davis, said his client denied any wrongdoing and had not been charged by federal authorities. All three participants still face state charges in New Jersey.

"Today's plea agreements do not affect our case against Bobbitt, McClure or D'Amico, all of whom remain answerable to the state charges that have been filed against them", Joel Bewley, the Burlington County prosecutor's spokesman, said in a statement to HuffPost.

Johnny Bobbitt Kate Mc Clure and Mark D’Amico
Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office

Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt reunite for the first time on TV after Bobbitt helped McClure when her vehicle broke down two months ago on I-95 exit ramp in Philadelphia.

The trio stands accused of concocting a fake feel-good story about Bobbit using the only money he had to help McClure, turning it into a GoFundMe campaign for $10,000. He added that she encouraged D'Amico twice to put an end to the GoFundMe as it started to spiral out of control. She then set up an online fundraising page, claiming she wanted to thank him.

Bobbitt, a homeless drug addict, later sued the couple, saying he did not get his fair share of the donations. The following month, McClure and D'Amico deposited $25,000 of the proceeds into Bobbitt's account, authorities said.

McClure could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the offense, although she is much likelier to receive 27 to 33 months, based on her lack of criminal history.

In claiming that McClure was duped by D'Amicom her lawyer released a secret audio recording that she claims prove her innocence. He will be sentenced at a later date, prosecutors said.

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