Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt

A judge has ordered a New Jersey couple to explain what they did with the $400,000 in crowdfunding donations they raised for a homeless man. The judge also ordered Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico to provide the court with a forensic analysis showing how they spent the cash.

McClure and D'Amico created a GoFundMe account to raise money for Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless veteran who lent McClure his last $20 when her car ran out of gas and she was stranded on the road last October.

The story went viral and the public donations far surpassed the original goal of $10,000. A total of $400,000 was raised for Bobbitt to start a new life.

But Bobbitt is reportedly back on the streets after the couple allegedly spent the cash on themselves. Photos on the couple's Instagram account show them taking vacations, buying expensive designer items, and going on trips to New York to attend Broadway shows.

The couple claimed they withheld the funds from Bobbitt because he stole possessions from them and used $25,000 they gave him to buy drugs. Bobbitt's lawyers say the couple gave paid $75,000 for a camper and a 1999 Ford Ranger -- Bobbitt's dream car.

Bobbitt's lawyers say he lived in the camper until June and the Ford broke down on him. Bobbitt told ABC News he gave some of the $25,000 to friends and family, and he bought drugs with the rest. Bobbitt failed two attempts at drug rehab.

McClure and D'Amico said they held onto the rest of the money -- nearly $200,000 -- because Bobbitt didn't have a bank account in his name.

A judge ordered McClure and D'Amico to turn over what's left of the remaining monies to be placed into a trust fund by the court.

McClure and D'Amico were also ordered to provide the court with an accounting analysis of the purchases they made with Bobbitt's funds.

The accounting analysis is ordered to be completed by September 10.

“I hate that it came to this,” Mr Bobbitt told ABC. “I always felt like I was in a weird situation. I didn’t want to be pressuring to get a lawyer or do anything because I didn’t want to seem ungrateful”.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ba wa wa!!

    I see shady a$$ed mofos come in all shapes and shades.

  • therealashland

    How are they to dictate his money to hi . It was raised for him. If it was that important that the money be spent correctly, why not set up a trust or something through the courts for him. And how are you going to manage anyone’s money when y’all ain’t got the sense to put gas in you ur car and have to get money from a homeless man

  • MookieFly

    Tough situation but they were wrong. You're not gonna use the money I raised for you to start a new life on drugs but the way they allotted the money was wasteful and disrespectful to the donors. They could have easily bought this man a small condo or a bungalow and an actual working car from the last 10 years. Shit, they could have at least got him a tiny home. Wtf are they doing buying a 1999 Ford Ranger?? One top of that, these fool bought lavish trips and gifts for themselves. Just grimey all around

  • MookieFly

    Ooou that last sentence hit the nail on the head!!

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    Give that man his money.

  • Rayne

    Greed. She was putting all her business on social media. I read about this on top buzz last week. Give that man his change. They need a lil jail time too!

  • Rayne

    They were balling for a minute tho ?

  • BingBangBoom

    Yup! With over 400K I'm sure they could've got a ford Ranger that was brand new. Instead of taking his money they should've talked to him. Maybe he would have paid them to just be his trustee over the years.

  • BingBangBoom

    How much money did Gofundme.com make off this man's "donations?" Sounds all around shady if you ask me. Barbie and Ken ain't the only ones skimming off the top.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Gofundme has turned into modern day panhandling ... SMH

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Wow, that was an easy scam for these pos. Raising money and using it for their own benefit....go fund me is garbage.

  • Renee26

    Greedy mf's... They should go to jail for fraud

    You can't control a grown man and he may have demons that have him making reckless choices. You can't help nobody who doesn't want to help themselves...I bet he did blow the money on drugs but that doesn't mean keep the money that was given to him away from him. He could have easily had a bank account opened in his name after the first $50 donation.

  • Renee26

    I think it's like 5%

  • Renee26

    He didn't need them to be his trustees lol he needed a professional who was legally bound to do the right thing

  • Renee26

    Ok! They hustled gas money from their drug using homeless friend and decided to come up off of the "heart warming" story

  • Li-Wright

    This is on Gofundme. The couple initially wanted to raise $5000. At that point GFM should have cut off any more donations. But when it went to 6 figures that's when Greed kicked in.

  • Li-Wright

    GFM should not let the donations EXCEED what the initial limit is.

  • Waya Hedia

    If they were concerned about him wasting the money on drugs they could have set the money in a trust with conditions to retrieve it based on drug tests. While this is only one side of the story, it doesn't sound good for these two.

  • missmiami305

    His dream car was a 1999 Ford Ranger. #Dead

  • Waya Hedia

    they take the same amount from everyone's donations so that's not the issue.

  • We Can Do This

    Gas wasn't a priority!

  • We Can Do This

    Hey, some styles of vehicles are classic to some people without the latest technology. Lol!

  • the guest

    Typical white tree hugging liberals using the plights of the less fortunate and disenfranchised in a fundraising scheme to scam good hearted people out of money to fund their own American dream.

    They had no problem taking the last $20 from a drug addicted homeless man. They had no problem using the hardship of the drug addicted homeless man to raise thousands upon thousands of dollars. But they have a problem with what the drug addicted homeless man did with what is HIS money. They have a problem that he became richer than them.

    If that drug addicted homeless man wanted to spend every last dime of the $400,000 on bubble gum that's his right to do so. They are crooked crowdfunders trying to interject themselves as false caseworkers and counselors.

    The couple should be sued and also sent to jail.

    This is their character. If they had raised $10 they would have taken $7 of it. If they had raised just the $5000 they would taken $4000 of it. They deliberately used this man's plight and NEVER intended to fully pay him.

  • the guest

    More like modern day Ponzi scheming. Panhandling and begging is a form of uncouth charity. Gofundme has become outright criminality.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Money really exposes character.

    His dream car was a Ford Ranger or a 1999 Ford Ranger? In any event, he should not currently be without a car. They raised enough money to have brand new everything put into the '99 Ranger. I think they took advantage of the situation. Didn't expect him to advocate for himself. Ha! They gonna learn today.

  • the guest

    Amen.

  • PROPHETMAJOR

    They are still raising money for JUSTICE for JUNIOR! I hope his family can find peace from the horrible tragedy and move with the $338K!

  • KLove

    all of this!!!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    1. People who throw money at the homeless, aren't helping them. The majority of people living on the streets are suffering from some form of mental illness, exacerbated by drug abuse. And let us not forget that a lot of homeless people are receiving some form of government aid; which they typically use to barter for drugs.

    2. Did we really think that someone who had to borrow money from a clearly destitute stranger, could be trusted to do the right thing? If she isn't responsible enough to keep gas in her car, she certainly isn't responsible enough to handle nearly half a million dollars.

  • BingBangBoom

    You said that!

  • BingBangBoom

    Interesting.. How much was the initial limit pertaining to this case?

  • BingBangBoom

    Interesting..... It just feels wrong that they take a cut period to me. Why couldn't the government create a app that helps people unite in helping one another in a time of need?

  • BingBangBoom

    That's a nice come up for Gofundme

  • datjerk

    It's on the couple solely.

  • ?? ?ee?? ??

    Well he didn’t want the money anyway if he’s just going to give it away. Why’s he complaining now? That 25k could have got him on his feet. If he couldn’t handle 25k what good would 400k do him? Sometimes you just can’t help people. It costs more than it’s worth to you. They didn’t have to give him anything. Sh*t is ridiculous.

  • bella28498 .

    When white ppl commit crimes they go BIG! This white on white crime need to stop.

  • http://yourpushfactor.com/ Sheila Makena

    This would make an excellent episode on American Greed.

  • chaisun

    absolutely. truer words have yet to be spoken today.

  • Waya Hedia

    It isn't the job of the government. But imagine if they did that, who would pay for the staff and servers to maintain it? They take a cut because they had the incentive to create the service. There would be no reason to do it if it didn't mean some profits somewhere for someone. Now, I think they could make exceptions for humanitarian causes. But in the end, everyone has their hand out for something. Even this homeless guy, probably.

  • WhoKnew

    It's obvious. They spent the money and probably don't have any means to repay it.

    People can say what they want about "us" but I am reminded of the 2 black brothers that were arrested just because they were sitting in a Starbucks. They could have sued for millions but instead they each asked for $1.00. The city of Philadelphia then paid another $200K in their names to a charity to help young people. Or how about the brother that climbed the balcony of an apartment building without thinking of the risk to his own life to save a 2 year old because his no-account white daddy was somewhere gambling. Don't nobody say nuffin about our brothers on this Sunday afternoon or my people period. Don't start nuffin won't be nuffin. Enjoy the rest of this gorgeous day everybody!

  • WhoKnew

    Online panhandling.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Either way glorified way of begging SMH

  • Evillene

    They should have immediately set up a trust fund for him. Who the f*ck do they think they are raising money for an addict and then telling him he can't have it? Raise the money and turn it over to a church to act as custodian. If they cannot produce receipts for every penny they should go to jail.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I'm in total agreement of this entire statement.

    They couldn't manage their own money well enough to keep $20.00 worth of gas in the tank but they all of the sudden became financial advisors when it came to HIS money. Smh. The love of money is the root to all evil. Greed!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Naw forget that. Give that money directly to that man. They couldnt even manage their own money right. Thats what got them in the situation they were in, in the first place. They happily took that man last $20.00. They NEVER had any real intentions on handing over all that money once they saw how much it totalled up to. No way were they going to accept that he became richer than them from donations.

  • Soda

    Sometimes you just can’t help people. It costs more than it’s worth to you.
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    Words the homeless man could have said. He didn't have to help Ms. Greedy by giving her his last $20 for gas. If she & her man were so concerned about his frivolous spending, they should have sought professional advice on what to do, instead of spending it on themselves. At least he tried to help other people with the donated funds.

  • the guest

    Thank you!

  • the guest

    Speak!!!!

  • the guest

    Exactly.

    They knew all along they weren't raising that money for that homeless man. They're not mad he spent money on drugs. They'e mad he didn't use enough drugs to forget the money or they were hoping he'd die. That couple is evil and shiesty.

  • Renee Bee

    God don't like ugly. Sir/Madam run that man his coins.

  • dru and neil

    Greedy, evil, bastards. Oh and if they can’t reimburse that money they need to be charged for theft. People donated money to the homeless man. It’s not their responsibility to police what he does with the money, or skim off the top, that’s not how true altruism works.

  • dru and neil

    I agree, and when I give someone panhandling a few bucks, I’m not watching to see what the hell they are doing with the money because I don’t care. The point was to raise that man money, if he squandered the opportunity to get his life together that’s on him. I believe they were never going to give it to him too.

  • dru and neil

    It’s none of anyones business what that man does with the money. If he flushed it down the toilet that’s on him. The point is when people donated, they intended for their donations to go to the homeless man, not the couple eager to buy a BMW.

  • dru and neil

    Maybe giving money isn’t as much about helping them as it is about helping ourselves. It makes people feel good to give.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Exactly! When I give them money, I never ask what they're going to do with it because when it leaves my hands, it's between them and God what they choose to do with it. God knew where my heart was when I gave it. They are a very shady couple. I bet they sat up nights, plotting on his money, once they saw how much was coming in. Then they convinced themselves, that they could utilize the money better than him, even though the money is rightfully his. I hope that judge make them pay back every single penny or risk going to prison. That was wrong as hèll how they handled this situation.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    All of it, including what they spent. If they have to sell their home, then so be it. Maybe if they have to live a homeless year in his shoes, they will think twice before stealing from someone whos already down on their luck.

  • Ci Sam

    I'm glad he lawyered up and took their asses to court. You dont do ppl like that . Then stupid enough to post their purchases and trips on ig. Smh

  • ?? ?ee?? ??

    Well maybe that was karma answering him. If God blesses you and you tell him you don’t appreciate it through your actions He’ll take it back from you. Maybe if he would have showed the universe that he needed it he would have received the whole blessing that was intended for him. Sometimes we block our own blessings. I think this was a lesson for all of us.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "McClure and D’Amico said they held onto the rest of the money — nearly $200,000 — because Bobbitt didn’t have a bank account in his name."
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    This sounds like nonsense to me. They could have driven down the the bank with this man and had an account set up within 20-30 minutes. Problem solved.

  • Logan Roberts

    Oh they thought ole boy was a sucker huh?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Wait, they bought a BMW? Oh, the judge should order them to pay restitution. This couple should be profiled on American Greed.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Not every extended hand, is a helping hand.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    That's true, but we should give responsibly. I am not going to support someone else's poor choices.

    One day, an obese white woman sitting on an empty milk crate, asked me for a "few dollars" to get something to eat. When I asked her what happened to her food stamps, she had no response! She was rendered speechless.

    I know the game.

  • dontgetblocked

    This is unbelievable. First of all, they raised $400,000. There are people who need money for operations and they can barely get a few thousand dollars. The couple needs to go to jail for theft. I hope the homeless man is able to get the treatment he needs and live a productive and happy life.

  • 90’sBawdy

    Lmao

  • Nonya Bizness

    "They didn’t have to give him anything." Well the homeless man didn't have to give that b itch his last $20 either, but he did it, because he has more compassion in his little toe than her and it seems you combined. They did have to give him everything, because it was his f'n money. It was raised for HIM.

  • Nonya Bizness

    I think you're ignorant. There's your lesson.

  • dru and neil

    That’s what I read, yes ma’am....

  • ?? ?ee?? ??

    KYS bitch

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    It has it good uses when it's actually used the right way. People have accounts for vacations, cosmetic surgery, new cars and everything else, that's not serious and really needed.

    This would have turned out to be an awesome story about human kindness had their greed, not ruined everything.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Those are some cocky sobs. I tell you. Showboating with someone else's money. SMDH. Greedy and stupid. But see, sometimes karma comes around quicker than what we think. They thought they were going to get away with stealing from him, since he was already homeless and didn't really have anyone. Ole snake ásses. I'm glad he lawyered up too.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    She looked at me like, "mf, who told you I had foodstamps?!"

  • Tammie Reed

    Sometimes you just cant help folks, I know this all too well! Smh but they was wrong AF for doing that to him, shoulda just left him where he was at!

  • Faux Gibbler

    I question the original story:
    A man who is alleged to be an addict who is a homeless vet gave a couple his last $20 for gas..

  • Faux Gibbler

    Not if he didn’t have I.D.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Then the couple said they would not turn over the money because he would buy drugs. Well, it’s sad if he does but that’s not their business what he does with the money.

  • Faux Gibbler

    I love that show.

  • http://yourpushfactor.com/ Sheila Makena

    It actually sounds like a really well written sales letter. Jordan Belfort would be proud. ?

  • the guest

    Didn't expect him to advocate for himself. Ha! They gonna learn today.

    AMEN.

  • the guest

    But white people feel entitled to be authoritarian over everyone even their own.

  • the guest

    Powerful.

  • the guest

    Snowboarding with someone else's money!

    Evil.

  • the guest

    LOL

  • the guest

    I'm side eyeing anyone taking money from a drug addicted homeless man. If I was given money from a good hearted yet obviously unwell and downtrodden relative that came into fortune, I'm putting every last dime into a trust on their behalf. The next time they came to and said they lost everything, I'd be like I have your $25,000 right in the bank to help you out.

  • the guest

    Junior's gofundme should be at a million. My heart is still breaking.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    People get replacement copies of birth certificates, SS cards, and other ID all the time. It wouldn't have taken long for them to help him get the ID he needed to open a bank account. And they could have used some of the donation money to pay an attorney who could walk them thru the process to get it done quicker if they wanted to.
    So they cant use that as an excuse. I'm not buying it.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I once had a homeless man tell me that he collects about $400 a week just panhandling. So it's not unbelievable to me that a homeless man could have $20 to give to someone that ran out of gas and was stranded.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Thank you. If they raised that money for him, it belongs to him. Any other use on their part is essentially fraud or embezzlement. They're not entitled to a penny of that man's money. What part of that do people not get?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    $10,000.

  • Guest

    Yup. These people are trash. They probably never thought they would raise so much money and got greedy when they saw the amount. I hope they end up in jail.

  • Guest

    Exactly.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Smh. Just trifling.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    That might be true but I think it has more to do with a character flaw because I have met blacks who do the same thing. They don't do things out of the kindness of their heart. There are always strings attached or they have some sort of ulterior motive. The only reason they tell people about you, is to make themselves look better (like this couple did). Pretending to want to help you but really all they are doing is using your downfall/unfortunate situation to make themselves look like good, caring people. Thank God this man went public with what they were trying to get away with because had he'd waited, all of the money would have been spent and they probably would had tried to make him out to be an ungrateful, drûgged up liar.

  • Crazy tee

    They talk about us being criminals...Crimes are committed in all colors...don’t be fooled

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Never thought of it that way, Most people have credit cards they can use if they run out of money. If they have a house and job but needed money from a homeless man maybe the whole thing was a scam from the beginning.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Now you sound like that rev at Re Re's fune. Most of us don't have that much money to muck up.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    You are so right. Some people who suffer from schizophrenia live on the street because they can't get along in a structured environment. They hear voices and think most people are out to get them. I have had them turn down money, with one guy refused to take the money and threw some money in my car instead.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    True.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I didn't hear his sermon but hopefully he spoke the truth.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Many years ago, there was a bag lady, who in the winter months, used to sleep in the entrance of a downtown subway. One day, it was exceptionally cold; so, I bought her some hot chocolate and donuts. She cursed me out! She said, "if I wanted coffee and donuts, I'd buy them myself, MF! Now, get the F away from me!"

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Probably so. How does neither of them have $20.00 between them? But people are really willing to believe that they were just going to hand over all that money. I think even if it did stop at 5k they would have tried to take a large percentage. They were down on their luck too and instead of being honest from the jump and saying "whatever the final donation total is, we would like to split half of it with him and use the other half to get out of dept" they chose to be sneaky and greedy about it. If they were honest about their intentions, none of this would be happening. They could have gave the homeless man 200k and they could have taken 200k. Anything left could have been donated to a homeless shelter. It's how they went about it, that has everyone side eyeing them.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    People will give a stranger money before they will help someone they know.

    I hope the homeless man get all of his money and turn his entire life around for the better. Even in his situation, he gave them his last. That says a lot about his character. Some people who are struggling, are not struggling because of some bad karma. Sometimes life just happens. Bad things happen to good people all the time.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    They're too concerned with what this man does with the money they raised to HELP HIM. Yeah, they raised about $390K more than the original goal of $10,000 and wanted a cut of the money.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    My dream car is a 1975-1980 Mercedes Benz 450SL convertible. I'm going to get one as soon as I get a house with a 3 car garage. ?

  • TheOwley

    This is more details coming out about the couple. What I read about them was that after collections, they made stipulations on how he could use the money, not that they used it for themselves. In any event, everyone loses except the lawyers. The court will say Bobbitt can use every penny on whatever he wants including alcohol, etc. the couple may be charged with larceny, the people who donated will feel foolish, and the lawyers will get their payday. You can't make stipulations on how the money is to be used, even if they are going to buy a bucket of drugs and moonshine. Be wary of the GoFundMe sites.

  • Malcom Flex

    White trash couple didn't think THE LAW would come after them. Ish like that is why I RARELY donate to GFM unless it's to directly pay for a Black funeral.

  • Malcom Flex

    Yup the lawyers are the biggest winners here.

  • Malcom Flex

    In my city white male pandhandlers make BANK so it's not surprising that white male bum had money.

  • Ni Ni

    It's his money. He should be able to shoot up and smoke himself into oblivion if he wants to.

  • none yubiz

    This happened in Jersey where I'm from and it made major newspapers for the longest time. I think a philly.com ran a pretty in depth article about the dispute and even revealed that the boyfriend had "borrowed" $500 bucks because he forgot his Sugarhouse casino card one night...LOL. They had moved the homeless dude into a trailer on the girl's property and bought him some truck that eventually broke down and then the girl and her BF sold it. The judge here in Jersey ordered the couple to hire a forensic accounting and must submit a full accounting of the money within 10 days and put the remaining money in an escrow account until the matter is settled. Apparently the lawyers are doing this pro bono (but I'm sure the free advertising is a bonus) It will be interesting to see if all of the money is accounted for.

  • none yubiz

    Talk that shit!! Don't come for our brothers..PERIODTTTT!! People in general will take advantage of others and some just see the general principle.

  • none yubiz

    Yes Auntie..they bought a BMW and hired chauffeurs to take them to and from the airport on a vacation they took just after the money came in. The girl works for NJ DOT and when the homeless man came complaining they were holding the money back from him, her first response was something like "I was just trying to help -- I don't wanna lose my job over this." And BTW the boyfriend has a string of legal problems....philly.com wrote a really good in depth article about the events from the time the GFM started right up until the court case.

  • none yubiz

    Agreed..I love me the 99-04 Honda Accords..you couldn't kill those things if you tried!

  • none yubiz

    Frfr..I always thought the story was shady. Where they live in South Jersey it's not far from Philly but I wouldn't of taken the chance driving on E to get there.

  • none yubiz

    You can ask for any amount and then set the option to stop receiving donations at a certain dollar amount. My child's mother was killed and I actually started a GFM just for the amount we were short. This was when GFM was still new. We raised the amount we asked for and I sent every dime to the funeral home. The difference owed to the funeral home ($5500), flowers and programs were paid out by the family and I. I had people tell me to leave the amount open so that I could get more for the care of the child, college fund, etc. but I declined. I already felt like shit asking my network for money and wasn't going to take advantage. As a parent, I felt that the care, college expenses are on me not my network.

  • We Can Do This

    I had a 99 and it ran so good. I passed it down eventually and it's still running.

  • Trace da Ace

    I dont give to GoFundMe accounts anyways....always thought something was fishy going on with that....

  • Candance

    Damn when wanting to do the right thing goes bad. I wont lie I would not have been able to personally been in charge of 400000 that I was to give to a homeless person. I probably would have spent half too...
    Not everyone is responsible...

  • Faux Gibbler

    You count their money?