A couple from New Jersey and a homeless man who captured the hearts of the nation last Thanksgiving when their tale of raising $400,000 for a homeless veteran went viral allegedly made up the entire story.
Prosecutors believe that New Jersey residents Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico conspired with homeless man Johnny Bobbitt to create the elaborate ruse, enabling them to scam GoFundMe donors out of $400,000, according to a criminal complaint NBC Philadelphia obtained on Wednesday.
Investigators say the trio made sure their GoFundMe campaign donors would not obtain information “that would affect their judgment about solicited contribution to that fundraising effort.”
Police conducted a search of McClure and D’Amico’s home in September after a judge ordered the couple to appear in court to account for the $400,000 raised for Bobbitt.
A lawyer representing the couple announced in September that the couple was likely to face charges, and he would no longer be able to represent the couple in the civil matter.