Johnny Bobbitt, Kate McClure, Mark DAmico

A man who claimed to be a down on his luck homeless veteran may be a scam artist who conned the public out of donating thousands of dollars to a GoFundMe account, according to a published report.

According to NBC's Philadelphia affiliate, Johnny Bobbitt, pictured left, teamed up with Mark D'Amico and Kate McClure to create a get-rich-quick scheme to con kindhearted people.

The scam began when McClure claimed her car broke down late one night in a rundown neighborhood off I-95 in Philly. She said Bobbitt came to her aide by giving her his last $20 to buy gas.

McClure created a GoFundMe account to help raise funds to assist the drug addicted "homeless veteran" to get back on his feet.

The public took the bait and soon the GoFundMe scam raised over $400,000.

But the scam fell apart when McClure and D'Amico got greedy and refused to share their windfall with Bobbitt.

The couple bought a new BMW, purchased brand name clothing and went on luxury vacations.

D'Amico, 39, and McClure, 28, both of New Jersey, were taken into custody on Wednesday, but Bobbitt is still at large, according to NBC10.

Police provided the news station with a copy of the criminal complaint. All three are expected to face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception.

  • Renee26

    Deja Vu .... We said all along that this was a scam and all 3 were in on it

  • Solstice
  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    If they had just quietly given him his cut and kept it moving, this story would have died out and nobody would have ever known. But they had to get greedy, and now all 3 of them are going to prison.
    Greed will get you every time. smh

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. How many homeless drug addicts do you know that will give a stranger $20 to buy gas? The story was fishy from the very start.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Damn that was slick I might try me one

  • ohdearme

    Unless I know the family personally I don't give for crap like this. Besides it's biblical, "give in secret and your Lord will repay you in secret". He supposedly gave her his last $20, okay give it back to him and be done! Greed all the way around and I'm glad all three were caught.

  • imright

    whats the crime tho, lying ? ? ppl should do some research before donating money to ANYONE !!!

  • Coy little wink

    The crime is fraud hun

  • ohdearme

    I agree but don't forget the dangerous gamble played by both sides, the couple figured he wouldn't tell on them, once he did he figured they wouldn't tell on themselves AND him! They all lost!

  • Coy little wink

    I feel sorry for the dog...poor pooch

  • imright

    the crime is stupidity

  • Coy little wink

    No that's not a crime hun ?

  • Bossy704

    I only send money to my IG girlfriends when they need work done. This crew does not inspire me to give.

  • Soda

    You 're impressed with these thugs but had they been Black your comment would have condemned the whole race.

  • Appplesauce

    Make sure you get some wp to play that part. GFM ain’t go kind to other races. The Waffle House hero got less than these 3 losers.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Ain't that something? He's impressed with white criminals, but seems to always have something negative to say about regular black folks. smh

  • xenaD

    They really got arrested?? See. This is why I didn’t go to work today, y’all really trying to waste my lil tax dollars ??

  • Dollface

    I don't believe he was in on this with them at all! I think this is just another attempt by them to not take responsibility for what they have done. That couple is very cruel. At first they said they had gave him money and he blew it on drugs. Now they're saying it was a scam from the beginning and he was in on it. BS!

  • Trey

    wait...so they all were in on it?

  • Soda

    I guess, if you consider yesterday to be old.

  • GAPeach

    Isn't this an old story, or was it another one in the headlines a couple months ago? I'm not giving a dime unless I know you. People lie too much. And where is the dude on the right going with that toddler sized onesie on?

  • Well$$Well$$?

    Not that they were in cahoots with the "homeless veteran". That's a new development...

  • HalleMerry

    Well dam! I need a breast reduction,where do I apply?

  • Well$$Well$$?

    The story is a couple of months old but the "homless veteran" was supposed to be the victim. Not in cahoots with the people who were "victimizing" him. Issa scam.

  • Bashi22

    Excessive Greed will always be the downfall of many.

  • GAPeach

    No, they are right. This happened in September. I thought that I heard this before as well, so I googled.

  • Scromes1212

    People finally seeing that gofundme is a straight up scam site. Smh

  • Soda

    But this part of the plot is new.

  • GAPeach

    I see

  • Trey

    right....

  • HalleMerry

    Exactly! Because if he wasn't in on it,they would owe him some type of restitution.By claiming he was in on it,they are STILL trying to avoid running him his money!

  • Soda

    I know.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Wish I never had to hear again about how black folks need to get insurance vs doing a GFM for burial expenses. Which is true ...but we all know life doesnt always work out like that, yet some folks STILL GOTTA BE a pain in the ays with that mess.

    This dude is a vet and gets buried for almost fuKKin FREE 99 and LOOK

  • Judge Mental Will

    Im not in a good mood today so im going to keep my sick thinking to myself for once. I do deserve the right to change my mind.

  • FukkFolks2018

    What's your IG then...girlfran...

    Hell you in 704. I am in 919. We can always meet in 336. Let a bish know.

  • FukkFolks2018

    it sure aint

  • HalleMerry

    I wish that it were! I'd have 90% of the people I know locked up! Hell,I'm sure I would have done a few bids myself?????

  • Soda

    I watch the ID channel and since the authorities can't find the homeless man, I say they have killed him!

  • FukkFolks2018

    I love this bewildered looking man *snort*

  • Coy little wink

    Girrrll it would be lonely outchere if stupidity were a crime....it would be I am legend in these streets ?

  • Solstice

    ????!!

  • Solstice

    And I need a receipt ? too for that tax write off ??

  • ohdearme

    I don't think the police would take their word over his without proof. The whole thing was a scam the three of them cooked up, I wonder if he was really a veteran at this point?

  • Renee26

    Ohhh no...don't say that ?

  • MsSapphire9800

    GOFUNDME---Is the new Health..Life..Death Insurance...College Tuition...Rent Payment...Shopping Spree...I Just Need Money...online policy....so why are we surprise of a scam.

  • ohdearme

    I wonder if he really is a vet, oh and GFM is being used by EVERY race now, the insurance companies have to be hurting. lol

  • Renee26

    ? well since you're in a generous mood...whatcha handle??

  • Solstice

    He was like d@mn. You can’t even make this isht up! ??

  • Renee26

    Right... I want to increase and lift mine. Goal...going braless

  • Phillybruh

    Why didn't they just split it 3ways and go on about life is beyond me.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. Once it gets to the point they have a warrant out for his arrest, they probably have some strong evidence or proof (like text messages etc.) that he was involved. Otherwise they would just bring him in for questioning.

  • Renee26

    ?

  • dru and neil

    So the scheme worked but then two of them got greedy and everything fell apart. I hope they all get what they deserve for just being so damn scummy. No wonder the story was so strange, it was a lie.

  • Renee26

    Ok!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Because there is no honor among thieves.
    Someone is always going to get GREEDY and want more than their fair share.

  • Renee26

    Release helps sometimes...this is the perfect post

  • SpillyNillie

    Exactly! Greed, chile...

  • Vonn

    I was wondering the same thing, but it's just pure greed. Being scam artists wasn't bad enough, they had to be extra greedy as well.

  • the guest

    I'm beginning to think the successful go fund me have an inside connection at the company. Someone in that company gets kick backs. I bet the company dictates which campaigns succeed and which don't.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    This is why I don't get exercised when I hea about stories with a GoFundMe attached.

    You can pull at my heart stings all day but you won't get anything from my wallet.

  • the guest

    AGREED!

  • ohdearme

    Yup, they probably had text messages as well as someone that saw the three of them together long before the scam started. lol

  • dru and neil

    We should have known when they had his ass in that onesie at their house for the holidays something was very strange about the three. They were closer than they should be.

  • HalleMerry

    Since when have police done their job correctly?

  • ohdearme

    When all of the parties are white! Now move along.

  • Vonn

    The might be furries, but he definitely needs to buy the proper size onesie.

  • HalleMerry

    I'm Obsessed with that channel! I'm pretty sure that I can have a new career as a detective...On one show,they fed a body to PIGS! All evidence -GONE ?

  • xenaD

    It was too easy... and the money was too fast... recipe for disaster!

  • HalleMerry

    Lol,that's my goal too! Bra's suck,especially in the Summer w swimsuits and strapless Summer dresses.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Lol alot of people got in early....and cashed out...before all the scrutiney.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Ever since this guy I went to school with created a GoFundMe to fund his rap career, I lost all faith in GFM. Although some of the stories are heartbreaking, some of them are scams and its hard to take anything serious so I just turn a blind eye to GFM.

  • xenaD

    bish. Even if I know you??

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    So , I havent researched this, but are you saying the VETERAN, that claimed they were with holding and spending HIS money was NOT a Veteran at all

  • SpillyNillie

    Is that the "vet" in the chicken suit? If so, he should've known better once they suggested he dress as a chicken for Halloween....

  • Soda

    Maybe his mama cut the foots off as he got taller.

  • Soda

    They talk about we commit the most crime---not according to this channel!

  • GAPeach

    OMG! My nephew had this costume when he was younger that he insisted on wearing all the time. It was wayyy too small. My sister cut the legs and the sleeves off for him to be able to wear it in the summer. That boy was hotter than fish grease at her.

  • GAPeach

    So true. I ain't giving a penny though. These folks be retiring off of other peoples stupidity.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I stay clean away from GOFUND .... modern day panhandling ..... nerp not in 2018 through infinity ........ don't ask me for shyt on shyt with GOFUND ....

  • Soda

    From the look on the dog's face, I think it was another sleepover that he had to witness.

  • Y me?

    Right. Dummies

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Best damn gif chile

  • Soda

    Lol!

  • Yashara Bat Orion

    This story always seemed fishy. Who takes money from a homeless person? She had a man, so why didn’t he come to her rescue? No credit card? She knew her gas was low but ran out in an area frequented by the homeless?

  • Judge Mental Will

    In this mood and situations like this, my remedy is they should be killed lol too harsh huh... Maybe later I'll wish prison time.

  • GAPeach

    Did you see the episode of Fear thy neighbor where the man dug a tunnel from his house to his neighbors and then chopped her body up because she had him cited by the city because his house was nasty??? Girl, that channel scares, yet intrigues me

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    I knew it!!!

  • Judge Mental Will

    When they murder you it will be a job well done!!!! Bye Tranny Troll ??????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aee693b73c28b579667002faf8aa8534e7d84a32caf062c778a196c917d59029.gif Shout out to my beautiful smart intellectual roses ... you damn women rock ...... Come on Knowledge .....

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I knew it was fake...Homeless people aren't gonna part with 20.00 and everyone in the story was giving me meth-head vibes...they would have gotten away with it if the couple wasn't so greedy...

  • Judge Mental Will

    Hopefully you'll be a victim on that channel. I spit on your grave tranny! ????

  • GAPeach

    I feel sorry for no one in this story. What's up with that big ass Flava Flav clock in the background?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Prison time for sure. What they did was unconscionable. Stuff like this is why people have a hard time trusting, and might decide not to give to somebody else on Gofundme in the future who really has a need.

  • Judge Mental Will

    A tranny want a breast reduction? Instead of a ? removal?? Silly tranny

  • davine puddin

    When i was sick in hospital and was dropped off at homeless shelter i got nothing. Except for people assuming the shelter will get me section 8 and welfare. Uhm news flash no they do not. They did help me get my physch meds. And i was able to go back to college but ran out of money hopefully i can go back this January. I am working and stable now my phych meds cost a grip and i kept getting laid off but couldnt get unemployment been back to work since april . Just got job medical but my physch dont take my coverage. I am just thankful no longer homeless and getting my meds even though it cost me alot. Bottom line it was so wrong what they did

  • Judge Mental Will

    With your record tranny i know you love jail.. Dropping that soap was your high life huh?

  • Y me?

    This is really a shining example of white privilege. If some n*ggas tried this it would have been skepticism and blame from the gate. Just like with that fat nose kid who was getting bullied

    I guess poor white folk will have to find a new hustle now. Clowns

  • TriniHarlem
  • Dollface

    bwahhhhhh

  • Tlowe89

    That poor dog looks so sad... like why did you put me here with these crazy people lord, help me

  • Solstice

    ???

  • Alextra Ballard

    It's called GREED...one of the 7 deadly sins. The couple got greedy,they thought givin homeless dood around 25,000 dolllas he would just go away

  • Judge Mental Will

    I think GoFundMe need to release money like that into a trust. Thankfully GoFundMe refunds the money to everyone who donates to scams like this.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I didn't see this coming....but alot of folks did

  • Dollface

    I said that before myself. I used to think only black people kill until I started watching those show and realized that there's a bunch of white on white crime that you never hear about.

    I found that white will kills each other for insurance and inheritance in a heartbeat.

    I also wondered why do we never see black people stories covered on shows like Murder Mysteries and 48 Hours Investigations.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Thank you. I was thinking this but wasn't sure if I should play the "race card" on this. But you're 100% right. If Jamel, Shamika, and Tyrone had done something like this, the cops (and the general public) would have been suspicious right away.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaoooo

  • Solstice

    Sometimes, depending on the med and pharmaceutical company, they can help subsidize your medication. I think it’s worth looking into! ? Best wishes to you! ???

  • Mister Fantastic

    I don't think the homeless guy was in on it. He is currently in rehab. When the couple got arrested by the actions of the homeless guy lawyers, the couple said we are gonna "scorch earth." That means they were going to take everyone down with them as payback for their scheming.

  • Ajavee

    That part there is NO honor among thieves people get greedy.

  • Dollface

    That growing up Hip Hop DJ Hurricane's daughter look GREAT after her reduction.

  • supastar

    glad I did not give.

  • Yashara Bat Orion

    Yes, this is an update of an old story.

  • iWasteTime

    That homeless man wasn't in on it.
    They told that lie in an attempt to stay out of jail.

  • Soda

    I've seen a few Blacks on Dateline and 48 Hours but get the most from Fatal Attraction and For My Man.

  • WhoYouTalkingAbout

    WOW! See THIS is why I'm leary of GoFundMe accts.. SMH

  • Alextra Ballard

    I've given to a GoFundMe cause,and I won't let this scam stop me. Alot of peepo are upset because they gave.

  • Mec-One

    I remember this story & I knew it was fake from the jump.
    Two cacs in a car, not a dollar between them & nobody to call. A homeless drug addict willing to part with his last $20 to complete strangers ..... sounds about yt.

    No donations to anyone without any detailed background or cause.

  • Phillybruh

    They reported on the news here that all three were in on it. They are apparently friends.

  • Alextra Ballard

    You are not alone

  • Solstice

    LMMFAO!!! Idk why the name Jamel made me holler but it did!! ???!! I don’t any non black Jamels. ?? I can’t stand you today!

  • Dollface

    Yea Fatal Attraction and For my Man is on a black network like BET... I forgot what it's called. I'm talking about those mainstream shows.

    I only remember 1 episode of 48 Hours Investigations that comes on CBS i think.. It was a black woman married to a white man. The husband put a hit on her. Had flowers delivered and whens he opened the door she was assassinated.

  • Yashara Bat Orion

    A white guy was talking about black on black crime stats on a post. A black poster asked...do you watch the crime channels? Y’all kill
    for financial gain and the crimes are brutal. Where are the stats on white on white crime? Needless to say, the white guy never answered.

  • Solstice

    ??

  • Mister Fantastic

    Thank you. Last I read, The Daily Mail stated the guy was in rehab, and the 2 made a agreement to pay back the money, but new charges were coming...

  • Phillybruh

    He is a drug addict but all 3 knew each other

  • Soda

    I remember that one. His snobby white friends didn't like her. But there have been a few more involving Blacks.

  • Vonn

    ??

  • We Can Do This

    Damsel in distress and here comes GI Joe to the rescue. The key factors of this hustle was the veteran down on his luck and the concerned white woman with passion for humanity.

    This story wouldn't have raised $20 if the story was told by different folks.

  • Vonn

    ? I hope y'all have pictures. Make Christmas cards out of them.

  • GAPeach

    Hahaha! We do. She made that boy a Beyonce onesie out of that costume. Poor baby.

  • Dowoop

    A homeless person will part with $20. A druggie, not so much.

  • ShWa

    But we are the thieves and killers.....

  • minkyfinky

    Not being funny and this is not aadvertisement. Try the GoodRx app. My son had a medication that was $300 and it dropped down to $50 and had one that was $70 and it was dropped down to $7. It's not bad to try it out.

  • TheOwley

    Isn't there more to this story? After Bobbitt complained the couple kept the money and after much publicity and legal haggling and arrest, the GFM org gave the man $400K. So isn't really a total of $800K they swindled out of people and eventually GFM.

  • bemetoo

    So u could arrest someone for lying and Deceiving??? Really shouldn’t everyone be in jail

  • Wreckognize Game

    Well my cousin uses Cash app as her personal Gofundme. We be in there watching This is Us and her random azz will send a request for $20 or $30.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    In these animal Panama onesies !!

  • Renee26

    ? yes let's shoot for lengthy prison sentences... Hope you're feeling better

  • T Willis

    Fraud is the crime.

  • Shawty

    You can lie (although you shouldn't) but receiving the money under false circumstances is what can get you hemmed up.

  • Shawty

    You are absolutely correct. I did read that the Go Fund Me folks replaced the money for him. SMH at these people!

  • Vonn

    Bobbitt is now in police custody.

  • bemetoo

    So if I lie and say I need money for lights and you give it to me but I go buy shoes you can get me arrested?

  • bemetoo

    Well everyone lies boo

  • T Willis

    Lol but not everyone swindles the general public out of loot. That is fraud. Lol that is a crime

  • Quitedeliteful

    Thank God you are otherwise stable and working...

  • Malcom Flex

    Their whole story stunk.

  • J2PC

    Lying & deceiving to steal $$$ from others is a crime resulting in jails/prisons.

    Lying & deceiving to cheat on a spouse is a spiritual crime with the Holy God where everyone has to give into account for their acts, deeds, etc. on Judgement Day resulting in either being sentenced to Heaven or Hell.

  • J2PC

    Hence the need for contracts or to ask the person to give them a copy of the bill so that they can pay whatever to the electric company themselves. If the person gets mad, then you know it was scam.

  • J2PC

    Keep thinking that way & set you & your kids up for jails & prisons. -fraud & scams are a different type of crimes that'll result in prosecutions for jails & prison in addition to paying back restitution to the people or person defrauded.

    Emotional deceit is moral crime against a person.

  • J2PC

    At least GFM can recoup some of their money via auction off that BMW & selling the clothes, jewelry & all on e bay. They will also be able to put a lien on that house & large property to fix up & sell for a profit. -hopefully, that'll result in an overall profit for GFM.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    lmao well damn! sad but true.

  • nick c

    Yes but typically not a felony unless its over a G obtaining any property by false pretenses is a crime, you most likely face a civil suit to recoup the money back as well.

  • Sid

    This is coming from someone that was homeless once. When you’re really homeless and trying to get on your feet, you don’t want anything from anyone. It’s sounds crazy but it’s true. Most homeless people that beg are either on drugs or scamming.

  • Malcom Flex

    Agreed that most homeless are whole scammers.

  • Malcom Flex

    No they FRAUDED on a crowdfunding app that's against the law there is small print at all those crowdfunding pages read it and see why they're going to JAIL.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    I know this so called homeless guy was in on it. Scammers!

  • Enoughsaid2020

    I know this so called homeless guy was in on it. Scammers!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Low DOWN!!!

    This is one of the MAIN reasons why I think Gofundme is a Scammers PARADISE ???

  • 2gr8ful

    So he hired a lawyer to go get the money he was claiming was raised illegally by him and the other scammers Rofl (clean hands).

  • SpiceGirl

    See this the type of crap that will make you scratch your head about DONATING money..Period!!

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    no... homeless people are not scammers.. most of these people are either mentally ill or on heavy drugs and alcohol. i got cool with a homeless dude and he didnt even want food.. the only thing i could do for him is bring him a fifth and a couple dollars and he was good

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    two words... weed oil

  • Malcom Flex

    What you just described is a SCAMMER you're 'cool' with a SCAMMER make it make sense. Enabling a scammer with booze and money, LOL.

  • Yashara Bat Orion

    They now have a slew of incriminating texts. Dummy lady texted to her girlfriend saying they added the gas money after the fact and they needed to tell the homeless guy.