Homeless man sues couple who raised N145m to help him

Johnny Bobbitt Jr. left Kate McClure right and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia. Bobbitt a homeless man whose selfless act of using his last $20 to fill the gas tank

A judge on Thursday gave a South Jersey couple less than a day to hand over what's left of the $400,000 they raised through a GoFundMe campaign for Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the homeless man who last fall gave the woman his last $20 to help her out in a pinch.

A New Jersey judge issued the order Thursday, Aug. 30, during a hearing on a lawsuit brought by Johnny Bobbitt, the man who made headlines fame by helping Katie McClure when her auto ran out of gas on the I-95 exit ramp near Philadelphia.

Bobbitt's attorneys appeared in a New Jersey Superior Court Thursday requesting a temporary restraining order that would bar the couple from spending any more money that was supposed to help Bobbitt "get through the rest of his life".

D'Amico also indicated they used a portion of it to buy Bobbitt a camper, which they placed on property owned by McClure's family in Florence Township.

Ms McClure, an admin assistant, and her carpenter boyfriend, say that they were anxious the homeless man would spend the money on drugs. National news coverage of Bobbitt's act of kindness boosted the campaign to $402,706 in nine months, with 14,347 people donating. The remainder of the money is one of their accounts, Badway said. McClure's and D'Amico's attorney said they had provided Bobbitt with more than $200,000, WPVI and KYW reported. Bobbitt has admitted to using some of the funds he has already received for drugs and is now living on the streets again.

After the fundraiser ended, McClure and D'Amico set up appointments with attorneys and financial advisers for Bobbitt, but he "never showed up", Badway said.

This week, D'Amico told NBC Today host Megyn Kelly that more than $150,000 was left.

Initially, McClure made an effort to stop by where Bobbitt was often spotted.




Bobbitt lawyer Chris Fallon told CNN that as of late Friday evening - hours after the money was expected to arrive - he had not received the balance.

After her story went viral, McClure set up a GoFundMe for Bobbitt that she said was meant to help buy the man a vehicle and get him a home. Along with demanding that the pair provide a full account of where the money was spent, the judge ordered any and all remaining money to be given to Bobbitt.

McClure, a receptionist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and D'Amico, a carpenter, have denied those claims.

"The feeling is indescribable and (it's) all thanks to the support and generosity that each and every one of you has shown", Bobbitt wrote on the GoFundMe page.

"I'll burn it in front of him", D'Amico said in an interview with the Inquirer.

He claims Bobbitt "spent $25,000 in "less than two weeks" past year on drugs, paying bills, and sending money to his family", the Daily Beast reports.

According to them, the homeless veteran had blown a hefty $25,000 (£19,249) within the first two weeks.

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