Homeless veteran sues couple who raised $400K to help him

(ABC NEWS)- The homeless good Samaritan who gained national fame after the stranded motorist he gave his last $20 to raised more than $400,000 in his name is now suing her and her boyfriend, claiming the couple is committing fraud by taking more than half of the money for themselves.

On Tuesday, attorneys for Johnny Bobbitt Jr. filed the lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Burlington County against Kate McClure, 28 and Mark D’Amico, 39.

Last year, Bobbitt, a 35-year-old Marine Corps veteran who was living on the streets of Philadelphia, gave McClure the last of the cash he had panhandled that day after she ran out of gas on Interstate 95, McClure wrote on a GoFundMe fundraiser she created on Nov. 10.

Bobbitt even instructed McClure to get back in her car and lock the doors before returning minutes later with a red gas can, McClure wrote.

 

At first, McClure showed her gratitude to Bobbitt by providing him with food, clothes and some cash.
Then, more than 14,000 people who were moved by Bobbitt’s generosity and his unlikely friendship with McClure donated over $402,000 to the fundraiser, but Bobbitt is now back on the streets and worried that he may never see the bulk of the money, according to the lawsuit.

 

A bank account had also been set up for Bobbitt with funds for his every day needs that was intended to “get him through until he finds a job,” and his one planned indulgence was to buy a 1999 Ford Ranger, the “dream truck he’s always wanted,” and a home of his very own, McClure wrote.

 

McClure and D’Amico did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

 

 

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