All $400K raised for homeless veteran is gone, lawyer says

Glen Norman
September 7, 2018

"He walked up and he said, 'Get back in the vehicle". Bobbitt told her to lock her doors, hang tight, and went to get her some gasoline.

McClure couldn't believe what happened next.

Johnny Bobbitt gained worldwide attention when he used his last $A25 to fill up the petrol tank of stranded motorist Kate McClure in November 2017. He even filled her vehicle up.

GoFundMe said it is working with law enforcement to ensure that Bobbitt receives all of the almost $400,000 raised on his behalf, though his attorney says he's learned there may be nothing left after earlier disbursements.

Concerned about the couple's flight risk, attorneys request in the filing that D'Amico, 35, and McClure, 28, be held in contempt of court because they failed to follow Judge Paula T. Dow's order from last week to relinquish what is left of the donations within 24 hours. On Wednesday, he said he and McClure had opened up a separate account for Bobbitt. Some of the alleged expenses include the purchase of a new BMW and expensive vacations to California, Florida, and Las Vegas.

As for Bobbitt, the couple said he once burned through $25,000 they gave him in less than two weeks.

According to CBS Philadelphia, officials said the couple had mixed the GoFundMe money with their own.

"Johnny Bobbitt will be in a residential drug program starting today or tomorrow", Fallon said.

Promislo said the couple's lawyer, Ernest E. Badway, has not responded to an email detailing wiring instructions or an inquiry about whether the money was moved. "Write what you want", he said last week. "That's why it took so long for us to finally have to say, "no" when it came time for him asking for money when we knew where it was going". He said giving such a large amount of money to an addict is like giving someone a loaded gun. The GoFundMe cash, Bobbitt suspected, had been squandered on vacations, a luxury auto and more than one addiction.

There are conflicting reports from the couple and Bobbitt about how the money was used and whether Bobbitt was a participant or a victim.

Eventually, Bobbitt wound up back on drugs, living on the street and panhandling for food. Bobbitt has also said he fears D'Amico has a gambling problem, something that D'Amico has denied. "Not just for Johnny, but for the 14,000 people who contributed".

Chris Fallon, an attorney for Bobbitt, said that the couple informed him through their lawyers Tuesday that the rest of the cash was now gone.

D'Amico told Megyn Kelly last week that thy were "in the process of having everything looked over by our lawyer" and that the money would soon be out of their hands.

Dow ordered the couple's attorney, Ernest Badway, to tell his clients, who were not in court, that they must appear before her September 14 after giving sworn depositions on the matter next Monday morning at Badway's law office.

Mr Bobbitt's lawyers told the BBC last week that he estimates that the couple spent about $75,000 of the money to buy him a trailer, a pickup truck and clothing.

"While we assist law enforcement with their ongoing investigation, GoFundMe is also working with Johnny's legal team to ensure he's receiving support while the remaining funds are being recovered", Whithorne said in a statement.

It's important to remember that our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors and beneficiaries are protected.

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