Homeless Good Samaritan Suing Couple Who Raised $400K To Help Him

A homeless man in New Jersey claims that a couple who set up a GoFundMe campaign for him hasn't given him all of the money, and is mismanaging the funds they raised, and he's suing them for the money.

The couple from New Jersey made a decision to help Bobbitt after he gave them his last $20 (£15.40) for petrol when they ran out late one night.

First, she repaid him for the gas, then brought him a jacket, some gloves, a hat, warm socks, and a few dollars each time she stopped by.

According to WPVI and KYW, McClure and Mark D'Amico had the money they raised on GoFundMe in their personal accounts, said Bobbitt's lawyer.

They are now preparing the accounting that will "show where the money went", Badway said.

Fallon estimated that GoFundMe would have taken about $30,000 to $40,000 in commission from the more than $400,000 that was raised, which means more than $250,000 should be left.

Bobbitt says he has received only $200,000 of the money and is again living on the street, reported WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

But because Bobbitt has a history of drug problems, McClure and D'Amico said they are reluctant to give him all of the money at once.

Christopher C. Fallon, one of Mr Bobbitt's lawyers, said that his client's legal action was taken after D'Amico ignored multiple requests for a full accounting of the money raised by the GoFundMe campaign. D'Amico also said that they gave Bobbitt $25,000 in one chunk, but he spent it all in less than two weeks.

On Thursday, the judge presiding over the case in New Jersey ruled that the remaining cash should be placed in an account controlled by Mr Bobbitt's lawyers and frozen pending a new court ruling.

Mr Bobbitt alleges the couple sold his camper, gambled away some of the money donated to him, and have declined to provide financial records.

Badway said that Bobbitt's attorneys have "done a great disservice to their client" because numerous thousands who donated to the fund have requested their money back.

According to the The Inquirer, D'Amico revealed that he controls the money but would rather "burn it in front of him" than give Bobbitt the remainder of the funds.

The couple has claimed they would give him access to the money after he gets off the drugs.

After the fundraiser ended, McClure and D'Amico set up appointments with attorneys and financial advisers for Bobbitt, but he "never showed up", Badway said.

But the relationship has gone sour. McClure and D'Amico also bought Bobbitt a truck, which they drove.

"From what I can see, the GoFundMe account raised $402,000 and GoFundMe charged a fee of approximately $30,000", Bobbitt's lawyer Chris Fallon told CNN on August 25.

Bobbit also suspected that D'Amico, a carpenter, spent some of the donation money on gambling.

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