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Homeless vet, couple at center of GoFundMe controversy allegedly made up story: report
NY Post ^ | November 15, 2018 | 1:16am | Ben Feuerherd

Posted on 11/14/2018 10:47:41 PM PST by conservative98

The New Jersey couple who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in a viral charity campaign for a homeless man were allegedly working with the vagrant as part of an elaborate ruse, according to a new report.

Prosecutors believe that Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure conspired with homeless man Johnny Bobbitt to create their get-rich-quick scheme in 2017, NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate reported Wednesday.

The couple turned themselves in to authorities on Wednesday, but Bobbitt was still at large, the news station said.

According a source who spoke to the news outlet, which said it had a copy of a criminal complaint, all three are expected to face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for working together to create the ruse. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s office is expected to make an announcement in the case Thursday, according to multiple reports.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: fakenews; gofundme; homeless; scams; vet; wompwomp
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Johnny Bobbitt, left, with Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico
1 posted on 11/14/2018 10:47:41 PM PST by conservative98
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Flashback: A homeless man spent his last $20 to keep her safe. She’s raised $34,000 to repay him

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3607441/posts

“Heartwarming.”

“Great story for Thanksgiving.”

“What a great Thanksgiving story. These people are the best!”

lol


2 posted on 11/14/2018 10:52:00 PM PST by conservative98
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To: conservative98

Yet Hillary (Clinton Foundation) Clinton walks free.


3 posted on 11/14/2018 10:52:40 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Democracy, two Wolves and one Sheep deciding what's for Dinner.)
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To: conservative98

Can the public sue those panhandlers on the street who sometimes bank $400 a day?


4 posted on 11/14/2018 10:53:42 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Can the public sue those panhandlers on the street who sometimes bank $400 a day?”

I wish we could sue the people that give the panhandlers money. They are just contributing drug and alcohol habits.


5 posted on 11/14/2018 11:05:28 PM PST by willk (everyone)
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To: conservative98
Look at that picture, magnify it even. All three of the perps are wearing onesie animal pajamas! The woman is a rabbit, the homeless guy a duck, and the other perp??? What were they having, a sleepover????

Too friggin' weird!
 

6 posted on 11/14/2018 11:06:58 PM PST by Governor Dinwiddie (Nuke the Caravan!)
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To: a fool in paradise

If their story is real? I thought of begging when I got divorced and had nowhere to go. A friend let me sleep on a beanbag on the floor of his studio apartment and fed me once in awhile.


7 posted on 11/14/2018 11:14:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How many months of pulling $400 a day does it take to become fraud?

https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/drivers-fed-up-with-overly-aggressive-gas-can-man/285-522638731


8 posted on 11/14/2018 11:15:42 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: willk
I wish we could sue the people that give the panhandlers money. They are just contributing drug and alcohol habits.

There's the time I was walking back to work during lunchtime and a panhandler woman sitting on the sidewalk hit me up for money. I felt bad for her and offered her my just-purchased lunch that I carried in a bag. She said "Um, no, today's my drinking day. Can I have money instead?". I declined, went back to my job and ate my lunch while pondering why drinking was more important to someone than eating.

9 posted on 11/14/2018 11:21:07 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

I thought from the beginning that yes, it could be the real thing, but it also seemed too neat and central casting, too cutesy wootsey. From the boyfriend’s perspective, what man would encourage his lady to get that involved with a stranger for such a prolonged period? Unless he was planning to profit from the ‘friendship’? The girl never struck me as someone who would be out and about with not even $20. to her name.
Too many question marks.


10 posted on 11/14/2018 11:22:49 PM PST by lee martell (AT)
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To: roadcat

#9. Mental illness and alcoholism. I see this every day in the DC area and northern Va. Some you give to because you know they are hungry. The one I turned down (I didn’t have any change and he wanted a dollar), was mentally ill and a drinker.

One guy on the streets of DC will take any food or juice I give him, or money, says God Bless and gives me a fist bump, with a smile. I just hope he makes it.


11 posted on 11/14/2018 11:25:29 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: a fool in paradise
Are you being defrauded? Did he threaten anyone? We've had beggars since we left the caves. Jesus interacted with them, as did Buddha, Mohammad, Confucius and Gandhi.
12 posted on 11/14/2018 11:29:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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Because in most communities, there is enough food for the homeless that they do eat rather well, if they are productive enough to show up for them.

That’s why they don’t need the money for food.


13 posted on 11/14/2018 11:34:57 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death by cults.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The gas can man is a violent and aggressive nuisance who impedes traffic and commits outright fraud by claiming he needs the money to refill his out of gas car.

He laughs in your face when called out about his fraud.


14 posted on 11/14/2018 11:57:15 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: a fool in paradise

But there really are homeless veterans out there. I ran a program for them and assisted them for 20 years as veteran’s rep. at the unemployment office.


15 posted on 11/15/2018 12:22:26 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: conservative98

I’m always extra careful with the ‘I’m a poor homeless vet’ schtick. Even if they are vets I imagine its often still a scammer who got washed out of boot or spent a tour of duty in an office building and is now giving the vast majority of vets a bad name. Vets are overwhelmingly decent normal folk who go on to live productive lives after their enlistment. Not the out in the street hallucinating about Nam stereotypical Hollywood image of a vet.


16 posted on 11/15/2018 12:52:51 AM PST by jarwulf
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pondering why drinking was more important to someone than eating.

I guess you never went to College...

I was like that most weekends.

17 posted on 11/15/2018 12:56:53 AM PST by Cowboy Bob ("Other People's Money" = The life blood of Liberalism)
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To: conservative98

Gotta hand it to the very small number of folks posting on a local news website here in New Jersey who pegged this story as a fraud months ago.


18 posted on 11/15/2018 1:16:39 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("The Russians escaped while we weren't watching them ... like Russians will.")
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I remember reading that GoFundMe was going to reimburse the $$$ stolen from the vet from those 2 assholes!

Glad they caught these scammers! These crooks are getting smarter & smarter but greed got to them at the end! lol

19 posted on 11/15/2018 1:39:53 AM PST by KavMan
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To: conservative98

They are no different than the Red Cross. With the 9-11 donations, they bought new office furniture, with the donations for the flooding in Texas, they decided to save the money for other disasters. The money was donated for certain efforts, and was directed elsewhere.


20 posted on 11/15/2018 2:44:09 AM PST by Mark was here (Fake news = "Hands up ... Dont shoot")
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