The lawyer for a New Jersey couple under investigation after a good Samaritan accused them of helping themselves with part of the $ 400,000 in donations they raised says that there is likely to be a formal charge.
In a letter dated Thursday, Ernest Badway, who represents Mark D & # 39; Amico and Katelyn McClure, wrote that one or both could be charged by the Burlington County District Attorney, New Jersey.
Badway said he and his company would no longer represent the couple in a civil case against Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless veteran whom the couple had raised money through a GoFundMe campaign.
The attorney representing Mark D & # 39; Amico (center) and Katelyn McClure, wrote that one or both could be charged by a New Jersey prosecutor. Homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt (left) filed a civil suit against the couple for embezzling the money raised for him through GoFundMe
McClure met Bobbitt in November of 2017 when he used his last $ 20 to buy his gasoline. She and D & # 39; Amico then started a GoFundMe page for Bobbitt, which raised $ 400,000
D & # 39; Amico, 39, and McClure, 28, have been accused of embezzling the $ 400,000 they raised through the campaign and Bobbitt is now suing the couple, claiming they kept the money for them and They spent it on vacations and games of chance.
A raid on the couple's home in Florence Township, New Jersey, on September 6, captured by ABC6, led investigators to confiscate a BMW, cash, jewelry and all of the couple's personal and financial records.
In his letter, Badway wrote that because the police executing the search warrant had taken "all the courage" of the couple, it was impossible for the couple to defend themselves against Bobbitt's civil suit, which seeks a report on how the The couple spent donations financed by crowdfunding, according to NJ.com.
The couple said that there was still more to come. $ 150,000 of the money raised and said they had not spent the money on themselves, but spent $ 200,000 on Bobbitt care.
Any money they gave him, they said he spent on drugs.
After Bobbitt shared his story earlier this month, GoFundMe started an investigation into the couple's management of the fund and Bobbitt's attorneys requested a forensic accountant to examine the couple's records and determine if they wasted part of the money .
Bobbitt said that McClure (left) and D & # 39; Amico (second from right) did not give him the money raised, but they kept the money and spent it on vacations and gambling.
The home of McClure and D & # 39; Amico in New Jersey was ransacked on September 6. Investigators confiscated money, jewelry and all the personal and financial records of the couple
The authorities also confiscated the BMW of the couple. Bobbitt lawyers have asked a forensic accountant to examine the couple's records and determine if they wasted part of the money
Superior Court Judge Paula Dow agreed Monday to stop the case until December 7 in light of the raid on the couple's home in Florence Township, New Jersey.
The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office told NJ.com on Monday that no charges have been filed against D & # 39; Amico or McClure.
Badway on Monday refused to comment further.
McClure and Bobbitt met in November of 2017 when McClure, a receptionist at the state Department of Transportation, ran out of gas in Philadelphia on the way home. Bobbitt was sleeping on the street and used his last $ 20 to buy his gas and take it home safely.
She shared her good deed on social media and launched a GoFundMe page hoping strangers would return her kindness and, over the course of a month, they had raised $ 400,000 for Bobbitt.
Bobbitt said the couple had made promises about trusts and retirement accounts, a financial advisor and lawyers, but that nothing the couple had promised had been fulfilled as planned.
Instead of giving him the money, he said he was controlled and that only once they gave him a lump sum of cash, they bought him a trailer instead of a house, which was then kept on land owned by McClure's family, and he just received a used SUV instead of the truck of his dreams. The SUV has been sold since then.
McClure and D & # 39; Amico, meanwhile, insisted that Bobbitt 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.
Bobbitt attorneys said last week that they believe Bobbitt only received $ 75,000 of GoFundMe money, according to NJ.com.
It is said that Bobbitt returns to live on the streets and takes drugs again, although he is expected to enter a 30-day medication recovery program. His lawyers agreed to work for him for free.
The original request of the couple for donations in GoFundMe, which they labeled & # 39; pay forward & # 39;