GoFundMe has promised to pay the full balance of the original $ 400,000 that was raised for a homeless veteran who was allegedly defrauded by a New Jersey couple.
The crowdfunding site said it would make sure Johnny Bobbitt gets what is left of the amount he was promised after he helped a motorist stranded in Philadelphia by giving him the last 20 dollars for gas so he could get home.
The inspiring story led thousands of people to donate to a crowdfunding campaign run by the motorist and her boyfriend.
But the couple is now accused of paying Bobbitt only part of the funds while using the rest in bets and vacations.
"Johnny will recover and we promise that he will get the balance of the funds that he has not yet received or that he has not benefited from," GoFundMe said in a statement.
Under investigation: the cops are now investigating Mark D & # 39; Amico and Katelyn McClure after they could not deliver the money raised through GoFundMe to a homeless veteran. They raised $ 400,000 for Johnny Bobbitt after spending their last $ 20 on gas so they could get home.
& # 39; The objective of GoFundMe has always been to ensure that Johnny gets [the] support you deserve
"We will continue to assist with the ongoing police investigation."
GoFundMe made the announcement in a joint statement with a Philadelphia law firm that represents Bobbitt, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The company is also taking steps to allow donors who contributed to the campaign to recover their money.
The company policy states that donors have up to 30 days to make their contribution to submit claims that request a refund.
But since the campaign was launched 10 months ago, GoFundMe is giving up this aspect of its policy to allow donors to send claims to Bobbitt.
"This is an extremely rare situation, and we are working with the authorities so that Johnny gets the money raised on his behalf, which means that the 30-day policy does not apply in this case," a company spokesman told the Inquirer. .
Earlier on Thursday, Mark D & # 39; Amico and Kately McClure, the couple accused of defrauding Bobbitt, were raided at their home by police who opened a criminal investigation.
D & # 39; Amico and McClure raised $ 400,000 for Johnny Bobbitt after spending his last $ 20 on gas to get them home.
Bobbitt is now suing the couple, claiming they kept the money for them and spent it on vacations and gambling.
Police announced today that they are investigating the couple and executed a search warrant at their home in Florence, New Jersey.
The 6abc images show officers removing a used black BMW that the couple had purchased earlier this year on a platform crane.
Images show officers taking out a black BMW with a crane during a raid on D & # 39; Amico and McClure's home
An official is seen inspecting the used BMW, which the couple bought earlier this year, at the D & # 39; Amico and McClure Thursdays house.
The vehicle was taken with a platform crane during the raid
D & # 39; Amico smiled and played with his dog (in the photo) while the officers took the car
D & # 39; Amico smiled and played with his dog while the officers took the car. McClure was not home.
Investigators later left the couple's house with bags and boxes of material.
Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A Coffina said in a statement: "Due to the huge public interest in this matter, I am confirming that a search warrant was executed this morning early by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and the Police Department." of Florence Township at the residence of Mark D & # 39; Amico and Katelyn McClure in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt affair.
"As of this moment, no charges have been filed, new updates will be provided as circumstances warrant."
It occurs less than a week after the couple went on national television to claim that there was still more to come. $ 150,000 of the money raised.
They insisted that they did not spend the money on themselves and that they spent $ 200,000 on Bobbitt's care. Any money they gave him, they said he spent on drugs.
After Bobbitt shared his story earlier this month, GoFundMe initiated an investigation into the couple's management of the fund.
It looked like Bobbitt had triumphed when a judge earlier this week ordered the couple to give him control of the account.
Now, Bobbitt and his lawyers have asked a forensic accountant to examine the couple's records and determine if they wasted some of the money.
They met in November of 2017 when McClure, a receptionist at the state Department of Transportation, ran out of fuel in Philadelphia on the way home.
Nearly 15,000 people donated $ 402,000 to get Bobbitt out of the street after he used his last $ 20 to buy McClure gas in Philadelphia
Bobbitt was sleeping on the street and used his last $ 20 to buy his gas and take it home safely.
She shared her good action on social media and launched a page of GoFundMe with the hope that strangers would return her kindness.
Within a month, McClure and D & # 39; Amico had raised $ 400,000 for Bobbitt and he was excited about planning a new life. There were pledges of trusts and retirement accounts, a financial advisor and lawyers, but Bobbitt now says that nothing the couple said he would receive was planned.
Instead of giving him the money, they kept control and only once did they give him a lump sum of cash.
Instead of buying a house, they bought him a trailer, which was then kept on land owned by McClure's family. He did not get the van of his dreams, and instead he was given a used SUV, which they have sold since then.
McClure and D & # 39; Amico insist that he wanted the trailer and the car, and that when he blew $ 25,000, supposedly for drugs, in just 13 days, they decided that he could not be trusted with the rest of the money.
They say that an additional $ 30,000- $ 40,000 was consumed by GoFundMe rates and that another $ 135,000 was spent on lawyers, the trailer, an SUV, televisions, a laptop, a cell phone and a hotel where Bobbitt stayed when he left. the street .
It is not clear what legal services were provided before they came into dispute.
During an interview with Megyn Kelly last week, the couple said they spent $ 200,000 on it in total and that there were still $ 150,000 left.
In that interview, D & # 39; Amico said that GoFundMe took $ 50,000.
They insisted that they had not done anything wrong and that they had not spent a single dollar on themselves.
When asked for an exact figure of how much they were left, they said they could not give one because the money was still held in the account they used themselves.
McClure was thrilled when he described receiving death threats from people who claimed to have spent money on travel and purchases.
Since they met Bobbitt, they made luxurious trips to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. They also got a new car, but they say they paid for it with their salaries.
Bobbitt has returned to live in the streets. He is taking drugs again. His lawyers agreed to work for him for free.
In his response to Bobbitt's claims earlier this month, D & # 39; Amico told The Philadelphia Inquirer: "Giving him all that money, it's never going to happen. I'm going to burn it in front of him.
In April, Bobbitt was taken to New York from New Jersey. They were photographed there smiling happily together for the photographs.
D'Amico has been arrested for traffic infractions and has also frequented the casinos, once he dived into GoFundMe's money to receive $ 500, which he says he replaced later.
In January, the couple traveled to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, where they enjoyed a helicopter tour of $ 500 per person for the Grand Canyon. McClure said it was a gift from D & # 39; Amico
In April, Bobbitt was taken to New York City for the first time. It is 80 miles from your home in New Jersey
In his latest upload to the site, McClure said: "I hope this answers you while maintaining your privacy and the privacy of the people you also help.
"The first thing on the list is a NEW home that Johnny will own! Never again will he have to worry about a roof over his head! The second one will be the dream truck he has always wanted … a 1999 Ford Ranger (yes , I'm serious).
There will also be 2 trusts established in your name, one that will give you the ability to charge a small & # 39; salary each year and another retirement trust that will be wisely invested by a financial planner you will have access to at a time that you are comfortable with, when the time comes you can live out your retirement dream of owning a piece of land and a cabin in the countryside.
& # 39; You will be assigned a bank account with funds to cover the daily needs that will help you until you find a job. And, finally, he will donate to some organizations and people who in recent years have helped him overcome this difficult moment in his life.
"This is a well-thought-out plan that Johnny, his lawyer and financial adviser, proposed to give Johnny the means to acclimatize to a" normal "life and also to protect him and ensure he has a bright future."
Bobbitt said he was never given a lawyer and met once with a financial advisor.
This is the original request of the couple for donations in GoFundMe. They tagged the page & # 39; pay forward & # 39;