Couple, homeless man charged with faking story that earned $400K in donations

Johnny Bobbitt left with Kate Mc Clure and Mark D'Amico

A New Jersey couple and homeless veteran who captured worldwide attention and praise for their heartwarming "good Samaritan" tale have been arrested for fraud, an unexpected twist in a yearlong story of good deeds gone wrong.

According to WCAU, a source familiar with the case said Mark D'Amico and Kate McClure conspired with a homeless man from Philadelphia, Johnny Bobbitt, to make up a story that would raise more than $400,000.

McClure and D'Amico later created a GoFundMe page, which went viral, to supposedly pay it forward to Bobbitt.

All three are charged with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

McClure, 28, and D'Amico, 39, of Florence Township, were both arrested on Wednesday, according to the court records.

GoFundMe later stepped up and announced they would give Bobbitt the $400,000 that was raised for him themselves.

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- Three people at the center of a controversial crowdfunding campaign are now facing criminal charges after prosecutors say the three of them made the whole thing up.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina is holding a news conference at 2 p.m.to discuss the case. A Judge then ordered the couple to transfer the money into an escrow account and hire a forensic accountant to review the financial records within 10 days.

The couple have denied any wrongdoing.

Police raided the couple's home in September and seized several items, including a BMW. Charges against veteran, Johnny Bobbitt, were unexpected.

Bobbitt's lawyer says he has been told the money is gone. Chris Fallon, Bobbitt's attorney, earlier said he had gotten about $75,000 of the cash.

The overwhelming response led to donations from more than 14,000 well wishers, but the couple's relationship with Mr Bobbitt eventually soured as they accused him of using the money to feed a drug habit.

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