Remember that “feel-good story” that grabbed national attention when a New Jersey couple raised more than $400,000 to help a homeless good Samaritan? Remember that? Remember how warm and cuddly and overwhelmed with the generosity of humanity you were? Wasn’t that nice? Well, it turns out the couple and the homeless man were all full of crap.
From NBC News:
The couple — Mark D’Amico, 39, and Kate McClure, 28 — and homeless man Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 35, were charged with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception for cooking up a ploy to dupe people out of their donations, authorities said. If found guilty, they could serve up to five to 10 years in prison.
In November 2017, prosecutors allege, D’Amico and McClure concocted a GoFundMe campaign in honor of Bobbitt, whom they hailed for supposedly handing over a fistful of cash to McClure when he found her stranded on the side of the road in need of gas. The trio manufactured a get-rich-quick scheme — one that turned into a cautionary tale for the internet age as unsuspecting benefactors were “hoodwinked,” said Scott Coffina, the prosecutor in Burlington County, New Jersey.
“The entire campaign was predicated on a lie,” Coffina said at a news conference.
If there’s anything to take away from this tale of greed and deception, it’s that people with the last name ‘Bobbitt’ are really screwed. First they had to deal with the guy who got his dong chopped off and now this…
WIBC hosts Hammer and Fake Nigel weighed in on the matter Thursday afternoon: