Remember the heartwarming story about the New Jersey couple who decided to help a homeless man because he gave his last $20 to the wife for gas? They ultimately raised over $400,000 online. It turns out it was a scam and all three of them were in on it together.
WTHR News reports:
N.J. couple, homeless man to be charged with faking story that netted $400K in donations
The couple who raised more than $400,000 in an online fundraiser for a homeless man will reportedly face charges for making the story up.
NBC10 in Philadelphia reports Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure turned themselves into prosecutors Wednesday. A source also tells the station Johnny Bobbitt, the homeless man who was to benefit from the donations, will face similar charges.
The trio is accused of conspiring with one another and making up the story which gained international attention and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. McClure said last year that Bobbitt gave her his last $20 when she ran out of gas in Philadelphia and she wanted to help him out.
More than 14,000 contributors donated over $400,000 to the GoFundMe page McClure and D’Amico set up.
But months later, the story began to unravel when the couple was accused of mismanaging the donations and refusing to give the money to Bobbitt out of fear he would use it to buy drugs.
They’re in a world of trouble now. They’ll be lucky to stay out of jail.