Homeless Vet To Receive Full $400,000 As Investigation Continues
The homeless veteran who has been the centerpiece of an ongoing dispute over $400,000 in donated funds is about to get paid. Kate McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, set up the campaign in Johnny Bobbitt Jr.’s name after he loaned them $20 in gas money. But over time, they failed to pay out the full amount to Bobbitt, claiming he’d irresponsibly spend the money on drugs and alcohol.
Bobbitt later sued McClure and yesterday. Yesterday, Bobbitt’s lawyers reached an agreement with GoFundMe.
“We reached an agreement today with GoFundMe and they have agreed to make sure he will be made whole,” said Chris Fallon, the lawyer for homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt Jr., according to CNN.
GoFundMe later said that their “platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors and beneficiaries are protected.”
GoFundMe is likely paying via an insurance claim, but it’s unlikely that McClure and D’Amico will be let off the hook for potentially spending the money. Investigators searched the home of D’Amico and McClure, taking away a stuffed bag and towing a BMW.
McClure and D’Amico can still be charged with criminal activity for using Bobbitt’s name to profit.
Author: Jim Satney
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