All $400,00 in donations raised for homeless Good Samaritan is gone, lawyer says

All $400,00 in donations raised for homeless Good Samaritan is gone, lawyer says

Kate McClure set the page up to give back to Johnny Bobbitt, a Marine veteran who helped her when she ran out of gas on an Interstate ramp late one night

Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure’s boyfriend Mark D’Amico pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia on Nov. 17, 2017.

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — The lawyer for a homeless man in Philadelphia whose selflessness led to donations of over $400,000 through an online fundraising page said Tuesday that all the money is gone.

Johnny Bobbitt’s attorney, Chris Fallon, said he learned to his surprise that the cash was gone during a call with lawyers for Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico.

“Shocked. Shocked,” Fallon said when he heard word. “They raised this money to help Johnny Bobbitt get money for food.”

McClure and D’Amico are the couple accused in a lawsuit brought by Bobbitt of mismanaging donations raised for him through GoFundMe. The couple deny the claims in the suit, saying they’re wary of giving Bobbitt large sums because they fear he will buy drugs.

This photo taken Aug. 15, 2018, shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the homeless veteran who gave $20 for gas for Kate McClure, back on the streets. DAVID SWANSON /THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER 

GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne says the company is working with law enforcement to ensure that Johnny Bobbitt gets all the money raised for him after he used his last $20 to help a woman get gas.

“While we assist law enforcement with their ongoing investigation, GoFundMe is also working with Johnny’s legal team to ensure he’s receiving support while the remaining funds are being recovered,” Whithorne said in a statement.

He also said the company gave $20,000 to an account set up by Bobbitt’s attorney “to provide assistance” to him during the investigation.

McClure and D’Amico’s attorney, Ernest Badway, told The Associated Press they have no comment.

The story has gained international attention.

A photo of McClure and Bobbitt Jr. from the Go Fund Me campaign site

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