Bobbitt later sued the couple, saying he did not get his fair share of the donations. He said he “only received $75,000, including an $18,000 trailer bought for him and parked at the couple’s home”, adds the broadcaster.
The campaign, which quickly went viral, raised more than £310,000, which McClure and D’Amico said they would release to Bobbitt once he had completed a drug rehabilitation programme.
In 2017 the three “wove an irresistible yarn”, says The New York Times. They claimed Bobbitt gave McClure his last $20 when her car ran out of petrol near Philadelphia in November 2017. The couple posted to the crowdfunding website GoFundMe saying they wanted to raise $10,000 to thank him and get him off the streets.
US military veteran Johnny Bobbitt, 36, pleaded guilty in court to conspiracy to commit money laundering while Katelyn McClure, 28, admitted wire fraud.
A homeless man and a New Jersey woman have admitted manufacturing a viral hoax that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through a crowdfunding website.