A couple who once appeared on Good Morning America after raising funds for a homeless man has been ordered to turn over what remains of the donations.
Mark D’Amico and Katie McClure started a GoFundMe for Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless man who once assisted McClure when she was stranded on the side of the road with no gas. Bobbitt used his last $20 to fill up her gas tank, and she wanted to say thank you by organizing the online fundraiser, which went on to gather more than $400,000 for the man.
On Thursday, a judge ordered the couple to hand over the rest of the money. This was during a hearing on the lawsuit brought by Bobbitt, who fears the couple have mismanaged a large portion of the donation money. However, the couple fight back at these claims, saying instead they’re concerned about giving Bobbitt large sums of cash because they worry he will buy drugs.
Now, the couple must transfer the funds into an escrow account by the end of business Friday. They are also required to hire a forensic accountant within 10 days to examine the financial records. Bobbitt’s lawyers will control the account with the transferred funds, which can’t be used until the judge approves how the money will be managed. Although the judge has not appointed a guardian to oversee the fund, one may be appointed at a later date.
More than 14,000 people donated to the GoFundMe, which McClure set up after Bobbitt came to her rescue when her car stalled on an exit ramp late one evening. Bobbitt walked several blocks to buy gas for McClure, and although she didn’t have money to repay him that night, she searched for him a few days later to give him the cash. She ended up visiting him multiple times to deliver food and water. As news spread of the inspiring story, they were interviewed by BBC and made an appearance on “Good Morning America.”
However, it seems the relationship has soured, although McClure and D’Amico maintain they did not misuse the money in any way. D’Amico has said that, in less than two weeks last December, Bobbitt spent $25,000 on drugs, as well as sending money to his family and paying past-due legal bills.
Using some of the funds raised, the couple purchased a camper for Bobbitt and parked it on land owned by McClure’s family in Florence. However, D’Amico told him he had to vacate the property in June, so Bobbitt became homeless once more. D’Amico appeared on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” show on Monday, where he told the morning show host there was still over $150,000 remaining of the donations.