Skip to comments.Homeless vet, couple at center of GoFundMe controversy allegedly made up story: report
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 DAmico and Kate McClure conspired with homeless man Johnny Bobbitt to create their get-rich-quick scheme in 2017, NBCs 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 Prosecutors office is expected to make an announcement in the case Thursday, according to multiple reports.
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Flashback: A homeless man spent his last $20 to keep her safe. Shes raised $34,000 to repay him
“Great story for Thanksgiving.”
“What a great Thanksgiving story. These people are the best!”
Yet Hillary (Clinton Foundation) Clinton walks free.
Can the public sue those panhandlers on the street who sometimes bank $400 a day?
“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.
Too friggin' weird!
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.
How many months of pulling $400 a day does it take to become fraud?
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I guess you never went to College...
I was like that most weekends.
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.
Glad they caught these scammers! These crooks are getting smarter & smarter but greed got to them at the end! lol
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.