Cops Raid Home Of Couple Accused Of Stealing $400K From Homeless Veteran

Holly Matkin

Police executed a search warrant at the home of Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico on Thursday morning.

Florence Township, NJ Police executed a search warrant on Thursday morning at the home of a New Jersey couple accused of stealing over $400,000 from a fundraising account they established to help a homeless veteran.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said the raid was conducted as part of a criminal investigation into the actions of 38-year-old Kate McClure and her boyfriend, Mark DAmico, NBC News reported.

The details as to what evidence police were looking for in the search was unclear, but their recently-purchased BMW was towed away from the scene, ABC reporter Katherine Scott said in a tweet.

"Further updates will be provided as circumstances warrant, Coffina told NBC News.

The search came just days after homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitts attorney, Christopher Fallon, made the shocking announcement that all of the donations made to the fund were gone.

The couple had been court-ordered to turn over the remainder of the funds to Fallon by Aug. 31, but failed to do so, reported.

Theres no money left, Fallon confirmed on Tuesday, following a conference call with the couples attorney, Ernest Badway. Where the money went, I have no idea.

Fallon said Bobbitt, 35, was completely devastated when he heard the news.

Bobbitt first met McClure in November of 2017, when he used his last $20 to help her after she ran out of gas on a freeway ramp in a bad neighborhood in Philadelphia.

Bobbitt told McClure to lock her car doors, and then he hiked to a gas station himself and brought back gas to fill up her tank, according to the Independent.

Afterwards, McClure and DAmico set up a GoFundMe campaign for the homeless man who had selflessly helped her.

She told everyone they were raising the money so that the Good Samaritan wouldnt have to sleep under a bridge, and said he deserved a fresh start.

I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day, McClure wrote in the GoFundMe campaign she set up with DAmico. He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more.

The story pulled at heartstrings and got an immense amount of media coverage McClure and DAmico even appeared on ABCs Good Morning America with Bobbitt and the fundraising campaign with an initial goal of $10,000 skyrocketed to almost $402,706 donated by 14,347 people who wanted to help the homeless veteran.

But as time went on, the couple came under fire after Bobbitt alleged they refused to give him most of the money that had been raised on his behalf, reported.

During an interview with the TODAY show on Aug. 27, McClure and DAmico denied having stolen money from Bobbitt, and said they placed his money into their own accounts to prevent him from feeding his drug habit.

"It's so hard to deal with when we know we did a good thing," McClure said through tears during the interview. "I would do it all over again. I would do it all over again for him."

On Aug. 28, Bobbitt filed a lawsuit against the couple, claiming that McClure and DAmico committed fraud, conspiracy, and mismanaged the campaign funds, according to

Burlington County Superior Court Judge Paula Dow granted a temporary restraining order two days later, and ordered McClure and DAmico to hand the money over to Fallon within 24 hours.

Dow also ordered the couple to provide accounting records of the fund within 10 days.

"The idea that no good deed goes unpunished has been demonstrated in this case," Badway told at the time. "The idea that my clients are the bad guys is completely not true."

But during a conference call on Tuesday morning, Badway told Fallon that the money was gone, Fallon said.

On Wednesday, the court ordered that the couple appear next week to give depositions regarding what they had done with the funds, NBC News reported.

Badway refused to comment about the search warrant, and would not discuss how much if any of the money remains, according to NBC News.

"We really have to take this one step at a time, Fallon told We are going to follow up as best we can to follow where the money went.

He is also working to get Bobbitt entered into a drug treatment program, he said.

Initially, McClure said their plan was to get Bobbitt a house and his dream truck, a 1999 Ford Ranger, and Bobbitt said he planned to give some of the money to groups who helped him when he was struggling with homelessness, the Independent reported.

"He will never have to worry about a roof over his head again!!" the couple posted on GoFundMe.

The couple promised donors that they would hire an attorney and a financial planner to help Bobbitt manage the money and invest for his future, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

"The first thing on the list is a NEW Home which Johnny will own!!" McClure and DAmico wrote on the GoFundMe page.

But that rosy picture quickly changed when the home McClure and DAmico bought for Bobbitt was a camper, which they registered in their own names and parked on property belonging to DAmicos family.

They also bought him a television, a laptop, two cellphones, food, clothing, and a used SUV that quickly broke down, according to the Independent.

McClure and DAmico claimed they put the camper and the SUV in McClures name so that Bobbitt couldnt sell them, but the couple later sold both of the vehicles out from under Bobbitt, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Bobbitt admitted that he continued to struggle with drugs, but said that he never met the lawyer they were supposed to hire for him and only met with a financial planner once, although he didnt sign any paperwork for the trusts the couple was allegedly setting up for him.

DAmico has recently had his own legal problems in the form of traffic tickets, a suspended driver's license, and an arrest for failing to appear in municipal court, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

DAmico, a carpenter, and McClure, a receptionist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, have taken vacations to California, Florida, and Las Vegas since November, and even did a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.

McClure purchased a new BMW and DAmico admitted he had used some of the money gambling, although he claimed he paid it back, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Bobbitt said that all he wanted to do was get the money and relocate home to North Carolina or out to Montana with his brother. He was engaged and studying to be a paramedic before he got involved with drugs and ended up homeless, and he had been looking forward to the opportunity to start over, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

According to NBC News, GoFundMe released a statement and said it was working with investigators to make sure Bobbitt receives the funds that donors made on his behalf, and said it has also contributed $20,000 to an account established for Bobbitt by his attorney.

Comments (15)
No. 1-8

Maybe his attorney can set up a fundme acct and first use the proceeds to get Bobbitt into a rehab


pathetic disgusting scamming trash thieves and they have the audacity to criticize him doing drugs.what are they paying the lieing lawyer with ??


If what these two turds were doing was trying to help him, then I would hate to see what they would have done to him if they were trying to hurt him.


The couple should be arrested for felony theft and fraud.


The truly sick part of the story gets hidden in the bigger picture. But Mr Bobbit gave this lying woman his last $20 and helped her when she was in trouble. For them to repay his kindness with selfish greed is unconscionable. My heart is so heavy reading these stories.


I think he means stay the course against the lying scheming scumbag rip-off con artists who used and defrauded this man and everyone else.

And perhaps he wouldn't gone to rehab if the funds had been used as promised. Hopefully he will now.

But his drug addiction is not the point here. He doesn't deserve what's happened.


either it's early in the morning and i'm being bitchy or are people on here more dense than usual...


Justice served. I'd wager this is one bust that put a smile on the faces of Florence Township cops.