Couple Accused of Mishandling GoFundMe Money for Homeless Vet Claim He Was Spending Cash on Drugs
Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico say they have received death threats by those who believe they stole from Johnny Bobbitt.
A Pennsylvania couple accused of mishandling money from a GoFundMe campaign dedicated to helping a homeless man has claimed they did nothing wrong.
Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico are telling their side of the story following allegations by homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt that they withheld some of the $400,000 they raised for him.
"If he needed anything, he got it, there was never a question," D’Amico said Monday on Megyn Kelly’s hour of the “Today” show.
They said they were in control of the funds the entire time and didn’t cut him a check because he didn’t have a bank account or identification.
The couple told Kelly that Bobbitt blew through $25,000 in just 13 days.
"Every dollar he ever touched was used for drugs," D'Amico said.
Bobbitt admitted that he spent some of the money on drugs, but the rest of it went to family and friends. He also claims his one-time benefactors financed their new BMW and vacations to California, Florida and Las Vegas with money earmarked for him, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported last week.
They deny the allegations but D'Amico acknowledged he spent $500 of the donations at a casino but later returned the money.
D'Amico and McClure said that of the $400,000 raised, only $150,000 remains.
A big chunk they say went to pay for a camper, as well as clothes, food, a TV, a laptop and hotel bills.
Bobbitt is back on the street and living under a bridge, according to The Philadephia Inquirer.
“It’s so hard to deal with ... when we know we did a good thing,” McClure tearfully told Kelly. “I still believe we did a good thing, and I’d do it all over again."
Bobbitt famously came to the rescue of McClure, 28, when her car stalled on a highway ramp last October, using his last $20 to pay for gas.
The heartwarming story became a national sensation, with TV appearances and their photo running in newspapers across the country. That's when McClure and D'Amico launched a GoFundMe campaign to help Bobbitt find a home.
But today, their once warm relationship has soured and Bobbitt claims he has not seen the full amount of the money raised for him.
GoFundMe told Inside Edition that it is "looking into the claims of misuse regarding this campaign. We will work to ensure that Johnny receives the help he deserves and that the donors' intentions are honored."
Bobbitt admitted that he spent some of the money on drugs, but the rest of it went to family and friends.
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