Couple faces criminal investigation

Couple faces criminal investigation

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and Florence police searched the couple's home on Thursday on a search warrant as part of a criminal investigation.

Bobbitt - reportedly a military veteran struggling with substance abuse problems - filed suit against the couple, claiming they used the money from the GoFundMe campaign as a "personal piggy bank" to "fund a lifestyle they could not otherwise afford", according to The Associated Press.

Bobbitt, 35, captured national headlines past year after giving McClure, 28, his last $20 to buy gas when her vehicle broke down on Interstate 95 near Philadelphia, where he was living under a bridge.

Bobbitt claims he never had access to the money - which they said was to be used to buy a house - and that D'Amico instead spent the donations on a vacation to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles, an accusation the couple denied during an appearance last Monday with Megyn Kelly on NBC.

Bobbitt has accused McClure and D'Amico of spending the money on themselves, including alleged lavish holidays and designer handbags. "GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets support he deserves", said the statement, which was emailed to reporters by Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundMe. They were once considered good Samaritans for raising the money through a GoFundMe account for the destitute Marine Corps veteran and former firefighter Johnny Bobbitt, Jr.

"We're committing that he'll get the balance of the funds that he has not yet received or benefited from".

The company says it will also continue to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

D'Amico's text suggested that both sides get rid of their lawyers so he could write Bobbitt a check.




Footage taken Thursday at the couple's New Jersey home showed law enforcement officials hauling away property and possessions, according to Fox News. Neither they nor Bobbit was in court Wednesday.

Lawyers for Bobbitt and the couple have disagreed on how much of the $400,000 that was raised has already been spent on Bobbitt's behalf.

Bobbitt filed a lawsuit against the couple last month. The Superior Court Judge in New Jersey, Paula, T. Dow, said she's no longer comfortable hearing only from the couple's attorney and wants them to answer questions in person. They said they also bought him a camper. Bobbitt has questioned where they got the money for the new auto.

The campaign benefiting Bobbitt - which raised more than $400,000 from roughly 14,000 people - began accepting donations almost 10 months ago.

- GoFundMe announced they will give homeless vet Johnny Bobbitt the $400,000 raised for him.

The sore spot for Bobbitt's attorney at this point is that the police case doesn't technically exist yet.

The couple's attorney, Ernest Badway, argued in court that they have given Bobbitt more than $200,000 of the funds raised. A judge gave McClure and D'Amico until September 3 to hand over the remaining funds, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. But Bobbitt's attorney, Christopher Fallon, informed Dow that his client might not be able to accommodate the request.

While the police investigation plays out, GoFundMe has set aside $20,000 in an account to help the homeless man, Whithorne added.

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