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Lawyer: Man Charged in Alleged GoFundMe Scam Should Be Freed

Johnny Bobbitt made his first court appearance in the matter on Friday

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    Charges Filed in GoFundMe Fraud Case

    If only three people who scammed GoFundMe donators had stuck together and developed a better plan, they probably would have gotten away with it. That's what one expert is saying now that charges have been filed against three people in a case that began as a feel-good story, but has now turned into a fraud case.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    What to Know

    • A judge may soon decide whether to free a homeless man who allegedly schemed with a New Jersey couple to scam GoFundMe donors

    • Johnny Bobbitt made his first court appearance in the matter on Friday

    • Prosecutors say Bobbitt conspired with the couple to concoct a story about Bobbitt giving them his last $20 when they ran out of gas

    A judge may soon decide whether to free a homeless man from Philadelphia who allegedly schemed with a New Jersey couple to scam GoFundMe donors out of more than $400,000.

    Johnny Bobbitt made his first court appearance in the matter on Friday. Burlington County prosecutors argued he should remain jailed until his trial, while his public defender is seeking Bobbitt's release.

    The judge could make a decision Tuesday.

    Prosecutors say Bobbitt conspired with Katelyn McClure and her former boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, to concoct a feel-good story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 when her car ran out of gas. They raised $400,000, which authorities say was spent on luxury items and casino trips.

    McClure's lawyer has said she was duped by D'Amico, while his lawyer has denied such claims.