Homeless veteran, woman behind GoFundMe scandal plead guilty in federal court

Homeless veteran, woman behind GoFundMe scandal plead guilty in federal court

Homeless veteran, woman behind GoFundMe scandal plead guilty in federal court

The New Jersey woman and homeless veteran behind a phony GoFundMe campaign have pleaded guilty to federal charges.

36, who was supposed to be the beneficiary of the donations, pleaded guilty to one count of 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 vehicle ran out of gas in 2017, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The pair, along with McClure's ex-boyfriend Mark D'Amico, are accused of spinning a tale about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 for gas when she was stranded along the I-95 in Philadelphia. Bobbitt acted as a "good Samaritan" and rescued McClure by using his last $20 to buy gasoline for her.

But prosecutors later claimed that the story was a hoax, saying "the entire campaign was predicated on a lie".

Investigators believe that the couple actually met Bobbitt at a casino where they frequently hung out, and orchestrated the story about McClure running out of gas as a ruse.

Bobbitt, McClure and D'Amico are still facing charges from prosecutors in Burlington County.

D'Amico is not facing federal charges.

While all of the money was supposedly going to help Bobbitt, prosecutors said the majority of the donated funds was allegedly spent, very quickly, by D'Amico and McClure on personal expenses including purchasing a BMW, expensive handbags, vacations and other personal items.

The three all face state charges in New Jersey for the scam and have all pleaded not guilty.

McClure transferred $25,000 from her bank account to Bobbitt's in December 2017, federal prosecutors said.

But their story began to fall apart after Bobbitt sued McClure and D'Amico, accusing them of withholding the money raised on his behalf. Bobbitt faces up to 10 years in prison, and McClure faces 20 years, CBS Philadelphia reported.

In court Wednesday, a narrative emerged that pinned D'Amico as the mastermind of the scam. Johnny Bobbitt Jr. entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Camden, New Jersey, along with his co-defendant, Katelyn McClure, reports CBS Philadelphia. Bobbitt's sentencing has yet to be scheduled, but he is expected to appear in Drug Court in Burlington County Friday.

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