The Johnny Bobbitt story was a scam from the start

Investigators searched the home of D'Amico and McClure in Florence, New Jersey, in September after questions arose about what happened to the money they raised for Bobbitt.

All three now face charges including conspiracy and theft by deception. Bobbitt hired a pro-bono attorney, who announced that instead of the full $402,000, Bobbitt only received $75,000, which he used for a camper and an SUV, instead of actual housing. McClure wrote she had noticed Bobbitt while she was walking to the gas station, and he told her to go back to her vehicle while he went to the station, purchased a can of gas for her with his last $20, and brought it back to her.

Earlier this fall, however, Bobbitt accused D'Amico and McClure of mismanaging the money they had raised for him and sued them.

In response, McClure and D'Amico appeared on the "Today" show, where they told then-host Megyn Kelly that they gave Bobbitt $25,000 and he blew through it in under 13 days on drugs.

Writing on the GoFundMe page she helped set up after, McClure said: 'Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn't repay him at that moment because I didn't have any cash, but I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks'. Kate McClure, a New Jersey woman, ran out of gas on an interstate ramp outside of Philadelphia. NBC10 Philadelphia first reported the couple and Bobbitt Jr. prevented donors from getting information "that would affect their judgment about solicited contribution to that fundraising effort".

"The entire campaign was predicated on a lie", said prosecutor Scott Coffina.


The Burlington County Prosecutors Office scheduled a press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the case. "I had to make something up to make people feel bad ..."

Attorneys for Bobbitt tell FOX 29 they were informed by the defense team after the ruling that the money was gone.

The page's feel-good story went quickly viral, eventually drawing donations from more than 14,000 people and raising more than $400,000.

D'Amico and McClure were processed and released late Wednesday, while Bobbitt is awaiting extradition to New Jersey.

That month, GoFundMe announced that it would pay Bobbitt the rest of the money owed to him. "We are fully cooperating and assisting law enforcement officials to recover every dollar withdrawn by Ms. McClure and Mr. D'Amico". The couple has said some funds were spent on Bobbitt and in excess of $150,000 remained - but hasn't provided any detailed accounting.

The couple's lawyer had no comment, nor did Bobbitt's.


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