Homeless man, woman in GoFundMe scam plead guilty to federal charges

Homeless man, woman in GoFundMe scam plead guilty to federal charges

Homeless man, woman in GoFundMe scam plead guilty to federal charges

Johnny Bobbitt and Kate McClure pleaded guilty to their roles in a $400,000 GoFundMe scam in federal court Wednesday, as the once viral, feel-good story continues to unfold.

The charge that Bobbitt pleaded guilty to carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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 vehicle ran out of gas in 2017, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The trio allegedly devised a heartwarming account in which they claimed Bobbitt gave McClure his last $20 for gas after she became stranded on the highway.

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.

Their original story made national headlines that brought attention to their crowdfunding that raised almost $400,000. D'Amico has denied any wrongdoing.

The scheme raised $400,000, which the couple claimed would be donated to Bobbitt.

It wasn't long before prosecutors came forward with evidence that they said showed the couple had actually worked with Bobbitt to concoct the story and split the money.

McClure said she did not know about Bobbitt's history of substance abuse until a few weeks after she met him, but did know he was homeless.


"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.

Bobbitt, McClure and D'Amico still face additional state charges of theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft.

Their tale inspired thousands, but things began to unravel when Bobbitt accused McClure and D'Amico of stiffing him out of the money, causing an investigation to be launched.

The second-degree charge in state court carries a sentence of up to 10 years in state prison.

McClure and D'Amico are now free on bail while they await trial.

McClure's sentencing is scheduled for June 19.

Bobbitt has a scheduled appearance Friday in Drug Court in Mount Holly.

GoFundMe said it had refunded all the donations.

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