Homeless veteran and New Jersey couple arrested in "good Samaritan" hoax

Frederick Owens
November 15, 2018

A source familiar with the case told NBC10 that officials now believe the couple, Mark D'Amico, 39, and Kate McClure, 28, worked with the man, Johnny Bobbitt, to scam people out of money with their sob story.

This photo taken August 15, 2018, shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the homeless veteran who gave $20 for gas for Kate McClure, back on the streets with his brother.

Burlington County prosecutor Scott Coffina has scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon.

Last November, McLure says she ran out of gas and became stranded on I-95 in Philadelphia.

That campaign eventually raised $400,000, from people eager to help the homeless man with the heart of gold.

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Kate McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico, of Bordentown, New Jersey, made headlines after setting up a fundraising page for Johnny Bobbitt previous year.

She added: "I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day. I promise I'll be back to give you [the] money back'".

Writing on the GoFundMe page she helped set up after, McClure said: 'Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn't repay him at that moment because I didn't have any cash, but I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks'. It was not clear if Bobbitt had turned himself in as well.

Prosecutors say they will be pursuing jail time in this case.

The three initially gained fame in 2017, when the couple created a GoFundMe page claiming that Bobbitt had spent his last $20 to help fill up McClure's gas tank after her auto broke down in a bad part of town. His attorney alleged in court papers that the couple treated the donations like their "personal piggy bank to fund a lifestyle that they could not otherwise afford". Police hauled away a new BMW and seized financial statements, jewelry and cash after gaining a warrant to search the couple's home.

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