$400K raised for homeless man on GoFundMe is gone: attorney

by Abel Hampton September 9, 2018, 1:06
$400K raised for homeless man on GoFundMe is gone: attorney

McClure, a receptionist, and D'Amico, a carpenter, have said they were wary of giving Bobbitt large sums of money because they feared he would spend it on drugs.

The ordeal began back in 2017 when McClure ran out of gas on Interstate 95 near Philadelphia and Bobbitt, who was living under a nearby bridge, came to her rescue.

Earlier this month, D'Amico said to a reporter that there was $200,000 left of the money in their savings account, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Dow ordered a full accounting of the money by September 9 with details on how the money was used and where it was spent.

The GoFundMe campaign raised more than $400,000, but Bobbit's attorney said McClure and D'Amicos attorney called Tuesday morning and said they will not be turning over any money because there is none. Bobbitt accused the couple of squandering the money on a lavish lifestyle while denying him access to funds raised for him by more than 14,000 donors. D'Amico's story has changed over time, but in the course of a week, he alternately said that $US150,000 ($207,537) and $US200,000 ($276,715) was still left of the money. But suddenly, she had a new BMW, and the couple were taking vacations to Florida, California and Las Vegas, Bobbitt told the Inquirer.

Another court proceeding for both parties involved is set for Wednesday in Mount Holly.

In a statement, GoFundMe revealed it had deposited $20,000 into an account created by Bobbitt's legal team for the sole goal of the ongoing investigation. Badway previously said the couple gave Bobbitt $200,000 of the money, while his lawyers said he was given about $75,000.

Wednesday's proceedings shed little light on what happened to the cash after a Tuesday revelation from Bobbitt's attorney, Chris Fallon, that all the money was gone.

The couple immediately set up an account for Bobbitt and deposited $25,000 in it, which he spent in 13 days, most of it on drugs, they said.

Last week, the judge who ordered them to turn over the remainder of the money said that the couple must give the money to their defense lawyer, who was directed to place funds into an escrow account as the case continues, NBC Philadelphia reported.

The money was expected to be transferred to an account controlled by Mr Bobbitt's lawyers but can't be used until the judge determines how it will be managed. Bobbitt also had past-due legal fees they covered with the money and he sent some of the funds to his parents and brother, but Bobbitt used most of the money on drugs, they said.

Three lawyers are representing Bobbitt pro bono.

After getting assurances from Badway that McClure and D'Amico would stay in the area, Dow did not limit their travels. It relied on the belief that there was actually some money to give him.

I can still understand the temptation for some people to say that Bobbitt couldn't be trusted with the money because of his addiction problems and it should be held by a third party "to save him from himself".

"If they spent money on themselves. we want reimbursement", Fallon told WTFX-TV.

According to USA Today, GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said the crowdfunding platform is working with law enforcement on Bobbitt's behalf, in addition to "working with Johnny's legal team to ensure he's receiving support while the remaining funds are being recovered". They also promised to purchase him a home and his dream vehicle, a 1999 Ford Ranger.

As for Bobbitt's health, Fallon and his team are now working to get Bobbitt admitted into a 28-day drug addiction recovery program to alleviate any concerns.

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