& # 39; Ringleader & # 39; from Good Samaritan GoFundMe list that raised $ 400k does not plead guilty
A man charged with cleaning up GoFundMe donors of more than $ 400,000 with a fake feel-good story about a homeless veteran has not pleaded guilty.
Mark D & # 39; Amico, 39, went into Mount Holly, New Jersey on Tuesday, discussing half a dozen fraud and money laundering practices.
He rejected an advocacy agreement offered by the state that was in jail for five years.
Prosecutors say D & Amico, his then girlfriend Katelyn McClure and homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt made up a story in 2017 about Bobbitt who gave $ 20 to help McClure when her car in Philadelphia ran out.
Mark D & # 39; Amico, 39, entered the plea on Tuesday in Mount Holly, New Jersey, against half a dozen frauds and money laundering costs
He rejected an advocacy agreement offered by the state that was in jail for five years
Johnny Bobbitt and Katelyn McClure pleaded guilty in exchange for their cooperation with the authorities.
McClure, who is ex-girlfriend D & # 39; Amico & # 39; s, pleaded guilty in the state Supreme Court in April for second-degree theft fraud in the context of a plea calling for four years in state prison and to repay the $ 400,000.
McClure says that D & # 39; Amico was the leader and made up the story.
Bobbitt, a homeless military veteran, was sentenced to five years of probation last month for his role in the scheme.
Under his plea agreement, he will also help repay the money, prosecutors say.
Johnny Bobbitt and Katelyn McClure pleaded guilty in exchange for their cooperation with the authorities
Authorities say the trio invented the story that Bobbitt McClure, the then girlfriend of D & Amico, rescued from a Philadelphia interstate in 2017 to enrich himself
The trio is said to have made up the story that Bobbitt rescued McClure, the then girlfriend of D & Amico, from Philadelphia in 2017 to enrich himself.
The couple claimed that the money would be donated to Bobbitt, but the New Jersey authorities said the three split the money and spent it lavishly, including a BMW, designer bags, and trips to Las Vegas and elsewhere.
According to prosecutors, the couple went through a difficult financial time when they made up the false story.
The group asked donations via GoFundMe, reportedly to help Bobbitt, and received a lot of attention with a media blitz where they took photos together, visited the place where they claimed to meet each other for the first time and put it on & # 39; Good Morning America & # 39; appeared.
This November 2018 file combination with photos from the Burlington County Attorney's Office shows Johnny Bobbitt (left), Katelyn McClure (center) and Mark D & # 39; Amico (right)
Bobbitt was sentenced to five years of probation. Bobbitt stands in court during his conviction hearing at the Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, New Jersey on April 12
Katelyn McClure pleaded guilty in New Jersey on April 15 with regard to scamming 14,000 donors of $ 400,000 with the use of a feel-good story regarding a homeless man who bought her gas. McClure is depicted at the Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, New Jersey
In total, more than 14,000 people contributed.
Prosecutors say that the & # 39; scheme was intended to address the concerns of caring, trusting individuals & # 39 ;.
GoFundMe says it has repaid the money.
The authorities started investigating last year after Bobbitt sued the couple for not giving him the money.
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