A judge ruled Friday that the homeless veteran from Philadelphia, who reportedly had been battling with a couple from New Jersey to raise GoFundMe donors from more than $ 400,000, would be released from prison in anticipation of a lawsuit.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Friday at a trial in Mount Holly, New Jersey that Johnny Bobbitt will be released and return to his apartment in Philadelphia, subject to electronic control.
Bobbitt, 35, will also be required to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
I am glad he is gone. He's glad he's gone, "said Bobbitt's lawyer, John Keesler.
Bobbitt was detained in Burlington County prison in Garden State for fraud, conspiracy and theft.
Bobbitt is accused of conspiring with Katelyn McClure and her former friend, Mark D & # 39; Amico, to come up with a feel-good story about Bobbitt, giving McClure his last $ 20 when her car came without gas to get the real Samaritans out of the to clear away money.
A judge ruled last Friday that Johnny Bobbitt, 35, the homeless veteran from Philadelphia who reportedly had armored a couple from New Jersey to raise GoFundMe donors had to be released while awaiting the trial. Bobbitt is pictured during a hearing in the Burlington County court in Mt. Holly, New Jersey on Friday
Bobbitt will have to attend meetings of the NA three times a week and subject to random drug tests to maintain his freedom while he awaits a trial, according to the judge commissioner Mark Tarantino.
He will return to the apartment where he stayed in Philadelphia's Fishtown district while he waited for a trial, the investigator reported.
Bobbitt, McClure and D & # 39; Amico raised $ 400,000 last year on GoFundMe, which the authorities say are spent on luxury items and casino rides.
All three are charged with conspiracy and theft charges.
Bobbitt will have to attend meetings of the NA three times a week and subject to random drug tests to maintain his freedom while he awaits a trial, according to the judge commissioner Mark Tarantino. Bobbitt is at a hearing in the Burlington County court in Mt. Holly, New Jersey on Friday
Through her lawyer, McClure (28) claimed last month that she was duped by D & # 39; Amico, 39, and she really thought she was helping Bobbitt.
D & # 39; Amico & # 39; s lawyer has denied the claims.
Public prosecutors have also previously published texts by McClure, including one that was less than an hour after the couple had set up the GoFundMe page where they reportedly wrote to a friend that the & # 39; gas section is completely formatted & # 39; and & # 39; do not like things that are invented & # 39 ;. & # 39;
Public prosecutors started investigations last summer, after Bobbitt claimed he did not get the money that was collected for him. He continued the couple later.
Meanwhile, McClure is suspended for her job at the Ministry of Transport.
McClure, from Trenton, was a receptionist at DOT and a spokesperson confirmed on November 21 that McClure was on & # 39; suspension status & # 39; is.
The representative refused to say whether she was paid during the absence or not paid.
Katelyn McClure (right) is suspended from her job after claiming that friend Mark D & # 39; Amico (middle) killed her in taking part in the GoFundMe scam, collecting $ 400,000 with a fake story about homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt (left)
McClure and her friend Mark D & # 39; Amico have separated since they got into trouble for the crowdfunding scam. McClure is now against her ex and shared secret audio to help
McClure was paid approximately $ 43,000 per year for the role it started in 2014, NJ.com reports.
I have told Kate that this was inevitable after the accusation was made public by the Prosecution & # 39 ;, her lawyer James Gerrow told the publication.
& # 39; Unfortunately, it is a standard procedure for a government agency. Yet it contributes to the traumatic impact that this matter has had on Kate. & # 39;
By claiming that McClure was duped by D & # 39; Amicom, her attorney has released a secret sound recording which she claims to prove her innocence.
D & # 39; Amico & # 39; s lawyer, Mark Davis, responded by saying: "She seems to be on a crusade to save her ass at the moment, I assume because her name stands on everything." # 39;
Transcript of the secret recording of Katelyn McClure claims to prove her innocence
McClure: You started the whole thing, you did everything. I did not participate in this and I am the only king to take the autumn
D & # 39; Amico: You're not going to jail because you're lying on TV, stupid guy.
McClure: You heard what he said when this becomes a criminal thing
D & # 39; Amico: You do not go to jail because you're on TV.
McClure: But who let me lie on TV?
D & # 39; Amico: who cares?
D & # 39; Amico: How much did you spend in Cali? $ 2,500? [unintelligible] $ 3,700? So exactly right there is $ 40,000, now you want to talk about everything else? You pretend you have not spent a dollar. Stop it.
McClure: I do not act like that.
D & # 39; Amico: just stop it. Just stop it.
McClure: I never said that I did not spend a dollar.
The recording was made on September 2, after Bobbitt had filed a complaint against the couple and claimed that they had been robbing his money and threatening to endanger the plan.
& # 39; You started the whole thing, you did everything. I did not participate in this and I am the only king to come in the fall, & McClure can be heard say in the audio released to Good morning America, which could not be independently verified.
In November 2017, McClure and D & # 39; Amico created the GoFundMe campaign, allegedly for the benefit of Bobbitt, who claimed they were living under a bridge and spent the last $ 20 to help McClure when she ran out of gasoline.
McClure recorded a video, supposedly from the moment Bobbitt bought her the gas, and continued to make countless TV interviews that ran the false story until all three were arrested in November.
Lawyer Gerrah of McClure told GMA that D & # 39; Amico & # 39; called it & # 39; in the alleged scheme.
& # 39; People must understand that this was an unlawful relationship. Mr. D & # 39; Amico was the one who was behind this and he was the one who shouted all the shots, "Gerrow said.
& # 39; She did not understand or realized that this could very well be a crime, "said the lawyer.
In the secret audio hear D & # 39; Amico McClure say: & # 39; You do not go to jail because you're on TV, stupid dude. & # 39;
& # 39; You've heard what he said, if this becomes a criminal thing, & # 39; replies McClure. D & # 39; Amico repeats: & # 39; You do not go to jail because you are lying on TV. & # 39;
& # 39; But who made me lie on TV? & # 39; says the girlfriend. D & # 39; Amico replies: & # 39; Who cares? & # 39;
At another point in the recording, D & # 39; Amico is heard McClure as anything but innocent: & how much did you spend in Cali? $ 2,500? [unintelligible] $ 3,700? So exactly right there is $ 40,000, now you want to talk about everything else? You pretend you have not spent a dollar. & # 39;
McClure replies: & # 39; I never said that I did not spend a dollar. & # 39;
McClure (left) claimed that homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt (right) helped her when she ran out of gasoline. But prosecutors say that she and D & # 39; Amico have met him in a casino in Philadelphia
The scam collapsed last month when prosecutors from New Jersey announced that McClure, D & # 39; Amico and Bobbitt were all charged with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.
Less than an hour after the GoFundMe campaign started, McClure said in a text exchange with a friend that the story about Bobbitt who assisted her & # 39; was completely fabricated & # 39 ;, & # 39; told Scott Washington's District Attorney Scott Coffina at a press conference.
The pair claimed they had set up the GoFundMe page for Bobbitt (left)
"I had to come up with something to make people feel bad," McClure said in a text – one of 60,000 judged by prosecutors – to a friend.
In one text exchange in March 2018, McClure worried that she and D & # 39; Amico had less than $ 10,000 left, but D & # 39; Amico was not concerned because he believed they would make more money from a book deal for a title with the title No Good Deed, Coffina said.
Coffina added: "She did not have any petrol on an I-95 off-ramp, and he did not spend his last $ 20 to help her. & # 39;
The Public Prosecutor added: "Amico, McClure and Bobbitt have conspired to fabricate and promote a feel-good story that would force donors to contribute to their cause. & # 39;
A spokesman for the public prosecutor said they wanted to get prison sentences of some length that could be between five and ten years old.
On November 16, McClure & # 39; s lawyer revealed that she had shared with D & # 39; Amico.
"They no longer live together and they do not accept their phone calls," lawyer James Gerrow said to Fox 29.
When asked if McClure believes that Amigo has betrayed her, the lawyer said there was no question.
Gerrow said that McClure had twice tried to keep law enforcement services to stop the scam and when she tried to stop fundraising, GoFundMe did not allow it.
& # 39; Kate was used by both Mr. D & # 39; Amico as Mr. Bobbitt and because D & # 39; Amico knew she was a very nice person, also a little naive, they settled in, & # 39; said Gerrow.
He added that she was reluctant to reveal the scam after appearing the Good Samaritan on the Good Samaritan and promoting their crowdfunding page: What they're worried about is stopping people giving this kind of causes, because at its core, she wanted to help this man. & # 39;
It all went wrong for the trio when Bobbitt filed a civil case against the couple, which was put on hold while investigating possible criminal proceedings regarding the money raised, DailyMailTV discovered.
Then authorities thought something was wrong in the story that Bobbitt told them
The couple shared photos on social media of themselves during a helicopter flight and a trip to Disney during luxury holidays to Las Vegas and LA. The trio also posed for photos with another woman in New York
In the civil procedure, Bobbitt says that they used the account as a personal piggy bank & # 39; to finance a lifestyle that they would otherwise not be able to afford. & # 39 ;. It caused the authorities to search the couple's home in September and find valuable possessions.
The couple shared photos on social media of themselves during a helicopter flight and a trip to Disney during luxury holidays to Las Vegas and LA. They also placed photo's of shoppingspots and places in the first row on a Broadway show.
The homeless veteran persecuted the couple who according to him had not given all the money they should have
They insisted that they had done nothing wrong and had not spent a single dollar on themselves.
D & # 39; Amico has admitted that he has spent $ 500 from the fundraising campaign at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, even though he insists that he pays everything back with his winnings.
D & # 39; Amico had previously said that the couple believed that Bobbitt would not get the money before he was clean and would spend it in a responsible manner.
He told the Philadelphia Inquirer in September: "Give him all that money, it will never happen, I will burn it for him."
But the whole story – including the innocence of Bobbitt – was a complete lie, a prosecutor said. They realized that something was not right between the details that pointed to Bobbitt's involvement.
GoFundMe plans to reimburse the 14,000 donors who contributed $ 403,000 to the November 2017 campaign, the prosecutor said.
Originally it was meant for only $ 10,000, the money had to be spent on a house and a truck for Bobbitt, as well as a trust and pension fund.
& # 39; The entire campaign was based on a lie & # 39; said Coffina Public Prosecutor. & # 39; It was fictional and illegal and there are consequences. & # 39;
McClure and D & # 39; Amico have been released on bail and returned to court in Burlington County on December 24 for their first anti-fraud action.
Prosecutors have released a detailed timeline of the case, including when they made up the story (October 2017), the amount of money transferred from GoFundMe to their personal bank accounts and the journeys they made with cash
Timeline of GoFundMe scam case
October 16, 2017: Text messages between McClure and D & # 39; Amico discuss the & # 39; homeless & # 39; they see at the Sugarhouse Casino
October 2017: & # 39; Gas Story & # 39; Bobbitt who spent his last $ 20 on gas for McClure has reportedly happened
November 10, 2017: McClure and D & # 39; Amico create the GoFundMe campaign & # 39; Pay It Forward & # 39;
November 10, 2017: SMS messages between McClure and her best friend say & # 39; Gas part is completely fabricated & # 39; and & # 39; I had to invent something to make people feel bad & # 39;
November 13, 2017: Text messages between McClure and D & # 39; Amico say that gas story is a & ll; & ll; & # 39; is
November 15, 2017: D & # 39; Amico and McClure place a video on YouTube showing how much money the GoFundMe account generated
November 15 – November 28, 2017: Participants give interviews to the national and local press, including Good Morning American, BBC Radio and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Payouts from the GoFundMe campaign to pre-paid debit cards
- 16/11/17 – $ 2,251.73
- 18/11/17 – $ 2,546.58
- 19/11/17 – $ 159.07
- 11/20/17 – $ 74.62
- 21/11/17 – $ 1,743.96
- 22/11/17 – $ 12,765.45
TOTAL: $ 19,541.41
Payouts from GoFundMe campaign to McClure's bank account
- 27/11/17 – $ 327,893.59
- 28/11/17 – $ 5,353.07
- 29/11/17 – $ 2,972.42
- 1-12-2017 – $ 2,524.74
- 12/2/17 – $ 729.57
- 3-12-17 – $ 1,087.12
- 4-12-17 – $ 630.97
- 5-12-17 – $ 283.72
- 12/6/17 – $ 2,407.11
- 17-12-17 – $ 1,999.76
- 8-12-17 – $ 374.46
- 9 December 17 – $ 493.97
- 12/10/17 – $ 596.37
- 12/11/17 – $ 114.41
- 12/12/17 – $ 124.12
TOTAL: $ 347,567.40
December 4, 2017: A RV is bought with $ 18,350 of the funds and Bobbitt moves to the couple's building in Florence, New Jersey
December 11, 2017: GoFundMe campaign falls
December 27, 2017: $ 25,000 is deposited into the bank account of Bobbitt
December 29, 2017 until January 8, 2018: McClure and D & # 39; Amico make a trip to Las Vegas, NV
26 – January 30, 2018: McClure and a relative travel to Disneyland in Los Angeles and appear on Ellen Show
21 February 2018: Link a BMW for $ 24,432.19 with funds for GoFundMe campaigns
March 11, 2018: McClure is worried about Bobbitt & # 39; outing & # 39; in sms messages between McClure and her best friend
March 19, 2018: The bank account of McClure that is used to receive the bank account is negative
May 18, 2018: Bank closes McClure's account
11 to 13 June 2018: RV is sold for $ 10,000 and McClure negotiates the check for cash
June 17, 2018: Text messages between McClure and D & # 39; Amico discuss Bobbitt from the area
7 July to 27 July 2018: McClure and her best friend travel to Disney World in Orlando, Florida
August 15, 2018: Bobbitt writes an SMS to D & # 39; Amico and McClure and says: "I did not say anything that would put us at risk"
15 to 23 August 2018: Text messages between McClure, D & # 39; Amico, Bobbitt and McClure & # 39; s best friend who describe prosecutors as & # 39; panic texts & # 39 ;. They discuss the need to detect and move Bobbitt.
August 27, 2018: D & # 39; Amico and McClure appear in an interview on Megyn Kelly Live
August 28, 2018: Bobbitt filed a civil complaint in Burlington County Superior Court
August 29, 2018: Text messages between McClure and a relative say that Bobbitt agreed to split the money with them, but nothing remains
August 30, 2018: Bobbitt discusses his addiction to drugs and gambling in a local news interview
September 2, 2018: A secret audio recording of McClure and D & # 39; Amico reveals to tell him that you're not going to jail because you're on TV and her a stupid idiot & # 39; calls because you worry about arrest.
4 and 5 September: the couple says that they & # 39; no money & # 39; have in civil proceedings in the case
September 6, 2018: Researchers carry out a search warrant at the home of D & # 39; Amico and McClure in Florence Township, New Jersey
November 15, 2018: The charges against McClure, D & # 39; Amico and Bobbitt are announced