$400G in GoFundMe cash for homeless vet is gone, lawyer claims
The $400,000 raised by means of a GoFundMe account to help a homeless veteran in Philadelphia after he gave his last bit of cash to help a stranded motorist is reportedly drained.
A Lawyer representing Johnny Bobbitt, whose story garnered national consideration last year after he gave Kate McClure his final $20 to fill up her gas tank, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that news of the depleted account &ldquocame as a full surprise.&rdquo
Chris Fallon, the lawyer, stated he became aware of the financial standing of his client&rsquos account after a conference contact with attorneys for McClure and her boyfriend Mark D&rsquoAmico &ndash the couple who started the GoFundMe account for Bobbitt soon after his kind gesture, promising him a home.
"It totally shocked me when I heard," Fallon told the paper.
Bobbitt&rsquos attorneys requested that the couple remain in New Jersey, surrender their passports, post a bond and restrict access to their bank accounts after they failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to deliver any remaining money from the GoFundMe account, according to the paper.
Last week, Superior Court Judge Paula T. Dow ordered the couple to wire the remaining funds to a trust for Bobbitt, and submit an accounting report of the donated income inside 24 hours.
Bobbitt has received roughly $75,000 dollars of the funds, which he utilized to buy a camper and SUV &ndash each of which he no longer has, the paper reported.
D&rsquoAmico told the paper during an interview in August that the he controls the cash in the account, and that he would dispense the funds when Bobbitt gets a job and stops using drugs.
"Giving him all that income, it is never ever going to take place. I will burn it in front of him," he mentioned, adding that providing an "addict" the income would be like "giving him a loaded gun."
Bobbitt admitted to the paper that the couple as soon as gave him $25,000 and he spent it on giving it to relatives and close friends, and some on drugs.
Fallon told the paper on Tuesday that his client hopes to enter a residential detoxification program.
Bobbitt, who inquiries the couple’s motives and fears they may have squandered the cash, claims they employed the funds to get a new BMW and take lavish vacations. He also questions if the couple has the legal authority to deny him the money.
3 lawyers are representing Bobbitt pro bono.
Jacqueline Promislo, an additional lawyer for Bobbitt said the couple&rsquos lawyer, Ernest E. Badway, never responded regarding the request to transfer the remaining GoFundMe funds or if the income had been moved, according to the paper.
The paper could not attain McLure or D&rsquoAmico for comment. Badway declined to comment to the paper on Tuesday.
The couple earlier mentioned the new car was paid for with their own cash. McLure, who is a receptionist, and D&rsquoAmico, who is a carpenter, said they have carried out nothing at all wrong and did every thing they could to assist Bobbitt.
Badway claimed in court final week that Bobbitt stole at least $200,000 of the funds given that the account was produced, the paper reported. He also argued the court-order to wire the cash within 24 hours was a &ldquoharsh remedy.&rdquo
A hearing relating to the disputed funds is scheduled to take spot Wednesday at 10 a.m., the paper reported.
GoFundMe has donated $20,000 into an escrow account developed by Bobbitt&rsquos attorneys to support with housing and goods as the legal proceedings continue, a spokesman told the paper on Tuesday.
The organization also mentioned it is cooperating with the investigation.
Published at Wed, 05 Sep 2018 04:38:00 +0000