Judge Orders 'Virtue Signalers' To Return $403k GoFundMe Money To Homeless Vet
Homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt Jr served in the U.S. Marine Corps
In one of the most vulgar displays of fake 'virtue signaling' ever seen, the “feel good story” viral story that hit the headlines when a couple who raised $402k for a homeless vet kept the money for themselves.
Homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt Jr. - who served as an ammunition technician in the U.S. Marine Corps, gave stranded Kate McClure his last $20 to buy her some gasoline so that she could get home.
In response, McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico, created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help Bobbitt of the streets, surpassing their original goal of $10,000 to a mega-viral $403,000
Except they kept most of the money and took charge of it, buying him thing s they thought he needed.
After a lengthy court case, the verdict came down and a judge on Thursday gave a South Jersey couple less than a day to return the money they raised through a GoFundMe campaign for Johnny Bobbitt Jr.
ZH reports: It was the “feel good story” of the holiday season, and it was covered extensively by the mainstream media.
McClure and Bobbitt even made a joint appearance on Good Morning America, and it appeared that this was one news story that truly had a happy ending.
But it didn’t... McClure and D’Amico never gave Bobbitt the money. Instead, they took charge of it and bought him the things that they thought he “needed”.
The Philadelphia Inquirer later reported that Bobbitt had only received about half of the funds raised.
And so, as The Hill reports, Bobbitt sued the couple claiming that they had mismanaged the funds, but the couple said they would not give Bobbitt the money because Bobbit had reportedly become drug addicted again.
Bobbitt accused the couple of fraud, alleging that the two committed fraud and conspiracy by taking large amounts of the donations to "enjoy a lifestyle they could not afford" and using the account as "their personal piggy bank," and asked a judge to appoint a supervisor to manage the money in the fundraising account.
The Inquirer reports that Superior Court Judge Paula T. Dow in Mount Holly ordered Kate McClure, 28, and Mark D'Amico, 35, to transfer the money into an escrow account by Friday afternoon and hire a forensic accountant to review the financial records within 10 days.
"The funds should be removed from [D'Amico's and McClure's control] and frozen," Dow said during a one-hour hearing.
The filing also asks for an injunction that would prevent more of the money from being spent.
Given that the New Jersey couple has until this afternoon to turn over the money, and has already blown through it "enjoying a lifestyle they could not afford," perhaps they should set up a GoFundMe page for that?
If Lanny Davis can do it, and receive cash from people, anyone can.
Good luck raising the cash to pay Bobbit back!