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Couple who raised funds for homeless man being investigated

The Associated Press
In this November 17, 2017, file photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia. Bobbitt, a homeless man whose selfless act of using his last $20 to fill the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia drew worldwide attention, filed suit against D'Amico and McClure, the couple who led a $400,000 GoFundMe fundraising campaign to help him, contending the couple mismanaged donations and committed fraud by taking contributed money for themselves. (Elizabeth Robertson/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

FLORENCE, N.J. – Authorities say they’ve opened a criminal investigation and executed a search warrant at the home of a New Jersey couple who raised $400,000 online for a homeless good Samaritan who now claims they mismanaged the cash.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said Thursday he was confirming the investigation because of the “enormous public interest” in the case.

Authorities searched the home of Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure in Florence early Thursday morning.

No charges have been filed. Their lawyer did not answer phone calls.

 

The couple are being sued by Johnny Bobbitt, who got McClure gas late one night when she was stranded in Philadelphia. She set up a GoFundMe page for him, but the relationship soured.

Bobbitt’s lawyer says he’s been told all the money is gone. It’s unclear what happened to it. McClure and D’Amico have denied wrongdoing.