Couple Who Raised $400,000 Allegedly Spent Money on Lavish Vacations: Attorney
GoFundMe is conducting an independent investigation into the case.
The couple who raised $400,000 for a homeless man last year allegedly spent the money on lavish vacations, among other things.
An attorney for the man, Johnny Bobbitt, said the couple, Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico, is believed to have spent the money they raised through GoFundMe on vacations and a new shoe collection, the New York Post reported.
“They went on shopping sprees," lawyer Jacqueline Promislo said. “[Bobbitt] tells me they had a Louis Vuitton bag and Chanel sunglasses, a new iPhone X.”
The attorney later clarified that she could not definitely say they spent the money raised on Bobbitt's behalf until they have a forensic accountant review the case.
“But now that they say there is no money, where did it go?” Promislo asked.
The couple started a campaign for Bobbitt after he’d used his last $20 to get McClure gas after she ran out while on the road last October.
Since then, Bobbitt has brought a lawsuit against McClure and her boyfriend, D'Amico, claiming the couple mismanaged his funds. GoFundMe has vowed it will pay Bobbitt if the company's independent investigation finds the claims to be true.
Last week, a judge ordered the couple to give any remaining money to Bobbitt’s attorney to put into an escrow account until a judge rules how it will be managed.
Bobbitt’s attorney previously said the veteran had only seen $75,000 of the total $402,706 raised by 14,347 people.
McClure and D’Amico also previously told Megyn Kelly on the “Today” show that they gave Bobbitt $25,000 and he blew through it in under 13 days.
"Every dollar he ever touched was used for drugs," D'Amico told Kelly.
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