'No Money Left' - All $400K Raised For Homeless Vet Is Gone

"There is no money left," homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt's attorney said on Tuesday.

Philadelphia, PA A New Jersey couple who helped raise over $400,000 to assist a homeless veteran never turned the remaining funds over to the mans attorney on Friday, despite a court order.

There is no money left, the veterans attorney, Christopher Fallon confirmed on Tuesday, according to NJ.com. Where the money went, I have no idea.

In November of 2017, 35-year-old homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt used his last $20 to help a woman who had run out of gas on a freeway ramp in a bad neighborhood in Philadelphia.

Bobbitt told 38-year-old Kate 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 her boyfriend, Mark 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, NJ.com 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 funds, according to NJ.com.

Burlington County Superior Court Judge Paula Dow granted a temporary restraining order two days later, and ordered McClure and DAmico to hand the funds 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," the couples attorney Ernest Badway, told NJ.com 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 Bobbitt was completely devastated when he heard the news.

"That's a lot of money to go through to in just a short period of time," Fallon noted.

The attorney plans to file paperwork in order to access McClure and DAmicos financial records so his team can determine how to proceed.

"We really have to take this one step at a time, Fallon said. 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.

And there are lots of questions about what DAmico and McClure may have done with the money donated to help Bobbitt.

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.

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ronaldthomas
ronaldthomas

good post

klondike88
klondike88

What? Did the lawyers split up the remaining money?

michaellhog
michaellhog

Homeless people are very big problem of our society and I appreciate for this kind of act from Custom Essay Writing Company and we must need think about Homeless people.

Taquito's_mom
Taquito's_mom

Exactly why a money manager should be assigned to keep account of the funds and do the proper things the funds are allotted for. Even a small home near family and a trusted truck with a grand bit held for taxes off all property, vehicles, federal, state. Get him clean with a sponcer and back into the profession he was seeking to be. All this was stolen from him, not just 400 thousand $. That's what they should be graded against. I think they planned it putting their name down as a controlling interest

61mouse
61mouse

Maybe they can switch addresses he gets their home and they get a spot under an overpass

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