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Johnny Bobbitt: Two admit GoFundMe hoax about homeless man

Image copyrightGoFundMe Image captionKate McClure (left) and homeless man Johnny Bobbitt pleaded guilty in federal court                 A homeless man and a New Jersey woman have admitted a good feel-good story that more than $ 400,000 (£ 300,000) in GoFundMe donations. US military veteran Johnny Bobbitt, 36, pleaded guilty in court to conspiracy to commit money laundering. Katelyn McClure, 28, admitted wire fraud They claimed Bobbitt gave McClure his last $ 20 when her car out of petrol near Philadelphia in November 201 7. More than 14,000 people from across the world donated money. Homeless man's $ 400,000 online fund 'gone' The bogus Good Samaritan story was posted by McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D'Amico, 39. Bobbitt, McClure and D'Amico still face additional state charges of theft at reception and conspiracy to commit theft. The couple had become acquainted with Bobbitt about a month before the hoax during their trips to a casino, investigators said. Image copyrightPolice handout Image captionFrom left: Johnny Bobbitt, Katelyn McClure, and Mark D'Amico                 The story melted hearts around the world, but started to unravel once the trio began media appearances, gushing about the outpouring of online support for Bobbitt. McClure sent a text message to a friend acknowledging the story was "completely made up ". Instead of using the money to help Bobbitt, officials say the couple spent it on a BMW, a New Year's trip to Las Vegas, visits to Disney theme parks and designer handbags. The couple allegedly withdrew About $ 85,000 at casinos…

 Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt

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Kate McClure (left) and homeless man Johnny Bobbitt pleaded guilty in federal court

A homeless man and a New Jersey woman have admitted a good feel-good story that more than $ 400,000 (£ 300,000) in GoFundMe donations.

US military veteran Johnny Bobbitt, 36, pleaded guilty in court to conspiracy to commit money laundering. Katelyn McClure, 28, admitted wire fraud

They claimed Bobbitt gave McClure his last $ 20 when her car out of petrol near Philadelphia in November 201

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More than 14,000 people from across the world donated money.

  • Homeless man’s $ 400,000 online fund ‘gone’

The bogus Good Samaritan story was posted by McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D’Amico, 39.

Bobbitt, McClure and D’Amico still face additional state charges of theft at reception and conspiracy to commit theft.

The couple had become acquainted with Bobbitt about a month before the hoax during their trips to a casino, investigators said.

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From left: Johnny Bobbitt, Katelyn McClure, and Mark D’Amico

The story melted hearts around the world, but started to unravel once the trio began media appearances, gushing about the outpouring of online support for Bobbitt.

McClure sent a text message to a friend acknowledging the story was “completely made up “.

Instead of using the money to help Bobbitt, officials say the couple spent it on a BMW, a New Year’s trip to Las Vegas, visits to Disney theme parks and designer handbags.

The couple allegedly withdrew About $ 85,000 at casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and a Philadelphia suburb.

Bobbitt, a homeless drug addict, later sued the couple, saying he didn’t get his fair share of the donations.

He said he only received $ 75,000, including an $ 18,000 trailer bought for him and parked at the couple’s home.

The lawsuit spurred prosecutors to look at the criminal charges.

McClure is facing 33 months in prison, while Bobbitt could face a custodial term of between six and 30 months, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bobbitt will learn his sentence later this week from a drug court, which allows addicts to receive rehabilitation rather than a criminal sentence.

The divorce rate of criminal trespass after McClure’s family accrued or refused to leave the home they shared after their romantic break-up last August.

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