On August 31, 2018, we reported that a homeless American man sued a couple who raised more $400,000 to help him, alleging they used the funds as their own “piggy bank”. Well, the homeless man has won the case. A New Jersey Judge has ordered the couple to give the homeless man all the over $400,000 raised for him.
The homeless good Samaritan who gained national fame after the stranded motorist he gave his last $20 to raise more than $400,000 in his name sued her and her boyfriend, claiming the couple committed fraud by taking more than half of the money for themselves.
The couple who raised more than $400,000 for a homeless man must now turn over what’s left of the cash.
A New Jersey judge issued the order Thursday during a hearing on the lawsuit brought by Johnny Bobbitt , who alleged that Mark D’Amico and Katie McClure mismanaged a large part of the donations raised for him on GoFundMe.
The couple denies those claims, saying they’re wary of giving Bobbitt large sums because they fear he would buy drugs.
The judge ordered the couple to transfer the money into an escrow account by the end of business Friday and hire a forensic accountant to review the financial records within 10 days.
The money will be transferred to an account controlled by Bobbitt’s lawyers but can’t be used until the judge determines how it will be managed. The judge didn’t appoint a guardian to oversee the fund, but one could be appointed later.
McClure set up the online fundraiser page as a way to give back to Bobbitt, who came to her aid when she ran out of gas on an Interstate 95 exit ramp late one night. It raised more than $400,000 in funds donated by more than 14,000 people.