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Homeless "good Samaritan" Johnny Bobbitt in Gofundme scam case sentenced
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: April 15, 2019 03:35PM

I am going to guess that Bobbitt and the lady he "helped" are going to save themselves and leave her boyfriend holding the bag with the harshest sentence.


MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A homeless man was sentenced to five years’ probation Friday after admitting last month that he conspired with a couple to scam the public out of $400,000 in donations by concocting a feel-good story about him helping a motorist in distress.

Johnny Bobbitt had pleaded guilty in state court to conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Conditions of his sentence include inpatient drug treatment and cooperation with prosecutors against his co-defendants. If he violates those conditions, he will be sentenced to five years in prison with no possibility of parole for at least 18 months.

The story of Bobbitt, a homeless military veteran, giving Katelyn McClure $20 when she ran out of gas on a highway in Philadelphia “was designed to pull at the heartstrings of caring, trusting individuals,” Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew McDonnell said in court, adding that the three exhibited “deplorable behavior.”

The trio gained widespread recognition, and more than 14,000 donors contributed through GoFundMe, ostensibly to help Bobbitt. But it was all a scam, Burlington County prosecutors said, intended to enrich the three co-conspirators.

GoFundMe has said it refunded the donations.

Authorities began investigating last year after Bobbitt sued the couple for allegedly not giving him the money.

The couple claimed the cash would be donated to Bobbitt, but New Jersey authorities said the three split the money and spent lavishly, including on a BMW, designer bags and trips to Las Vegas and elsewhere.

More than $85,000 in cash was withdrawn at, or near, casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and in Pennsylvania, prosecutors have said.

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Re: Homeless "good Samaritan" Johnny Bobbitt in Gofundme scam case sentenced
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: April 15, 2019 05:38PM
He got lucky not having to appear before the original judge, Paula Dow!
And yeah, him & McClure have rolled on D'Amico (the boyfriend).

Burlington County, N.J. Superior Court Judge Christopher Garrenger said the probation is administered by the drug court, a judicially supervised court docket handling cases of non-violent substance-abusing offenders. Bobbitt was also ordered to enroll in a drug rehabilitation program and cooperate with prosecutors in the trials of his co-defendants.

Bobbitt pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy and federal money laundering, the latter for which he hasn't yet been sentenced. McClure and Bobbitt pleaded guilty to federal charges and await sentencing. D'Amico, McClure's boyfriend at the time, was charged with her last fall by state prosecutors but have yet to be indicted. D'Amico has denied the charges.

The judge warned Bobbitt Friday he would go to prison if he didn't comply with the drug rehabilitation program.

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