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The Saga Of The Couple Who Swindled A Homeless Man Out Of $400,000 Raised For Him On GoFundMe - Digg

GoFundMe and Cozen O'Connor, the Philadelphia law firm representing the homeless man, announced Thursday evening in a joint statement that Bobbitt will receive an amount equal to the balance of the funds he did not get from the online fundraiser set up for him in November. They have said they used their own money for it.

During the search, the couple looked unhurried.

Badway previously said in court that Bobbitt received at least $200,000 of the funds, The Inquirer reported. "GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets [the] support he deserves", the site said in a statement.

GoFundMe has deposited $20,000 into an escrow account for Bobbitt while the investigation into the possible misuse of funds continues, according to the Inquirer. McClure had run out of petrol on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, and Bobbitt walked to a service station and spent $US20 of his own money to buy her petrol.

McClure and D'Amico could not be reached for comment Friday morning.

McClure and D'Amico hoped the GoFundMe effort would raise $US10,000, but the story resonated. Yet, according to Bobbitt, the couple kept the majority of donations to themselves.

However, after an August 29 court proceeding, the couple reportedly failed to meet a 48-hour deadline a judge gave them to turn over any remaining funds to Bobbitt.

In an August 27 interview with NBC News' Megyn Kelly on "Today", D'Amico and McClure said that after they paid fees to GoFundMe for setting up the account, there was about $350,000 in donations remaining, which they transferred to their private bank account because Bobbitt didn't have one.

Investigators carted out several boxes and put them into a black vehicle. Their lawyer, Ernest E. Badway, said at the time that McClure and D'Amico would invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

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On Aug. 30, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Paula Dow ordered the couple to return the remainder of the funds to Bobbitt's attorneys after Bobbitt requested a temporary restraining order that would bar the couple from spending any more of it. The GoFundMe cash, Bobbitt suspected, had been squandered on vacations, a luxury vehicle and more than one addiction.

"You should advise your clients that they are directed by the court to appear, and they can assert their privileges at that time", Dow said, as quoted by ABC 7 Chicago.

On the show, the couple said they withheld money from Bobbitt after they gave him $25,000 before Christmas previous year and Bobbitt spent it in two weeks.

"Initially, he said he would not produce financial records because the money was put into an existing account at PNC Bank that does not belong to Bobbitt". But Mr Bobbitt became homeless again after Mr D'Amico told him in June that he had to leave the property.

Through it all, the money that came to Bobbitt couldn't stop his addiction.

A judge presiding over Mr Bobbitt's lawsuit ordered the couple to give sworn statements on Monday on the status of all the money raised, as well as to turn over documents. He went through two unsuccessful stints in rehab that brought him no closer to being sober.

In April, six months after his fateful meeting with McClure, Bobbitt told the Inquirer that he had been clean for three weeks and jobless for much longer. He's reportedly getting treatment at a detox facility.

The other player in this drama is GoFundMe.

This article was written by Cleve Wootson, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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