Couple ordered to hand over money they raised for homeless veteran

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

Johnny Bobbitt is suing Mark D’Amico and Katie McClure who raised $400,000 for him

A couple who raised more than $400,000 for a homeless man that used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia must now turn over what's left of the cash.

McClure, along with her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, became a worldwide internet sensation, appearing on "Good Morning America" and the BBC, NBC Philadelphia noted.

Ms McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, started a GoFundMe to pay back his kindness, eventually raising more than $US400,000.

The couple deny those claims, saying they're wary of giving Mr Bobbitt large sums because they fear he will buy drugs. It raised more than $400,000 in funds donated by more than 14,000 people.

The judge said they have to place the money in an escrow account through their attorney, and provide the court with accounting information regarding all of the money they raised.

"They took time out of their own schedules, their own jobs, brought him to rehab centers... gave him cash on a daily basis", he said.

While she acknowledged that it has not been proven at this time that McClure and D'Amico used the money for their personal benefit, Dow emphasized that Bobbitt is a "homeless individual without access to certain basic needs" and could suffer continued homelessness and lack of food if the money is disperated.

The pair denied Bobbitt's allegations, claiming the money already given to him was spent on drugs, overdue legal bills and dispersed to his family members.

"He's really left us with no choice but to go forward", said Mr Fallon - one of two pro bono lawyers from Cozen O'Connor in Philadelphia who Bobbitt retained last week.

A judge has ordered a New Jersey couple to hand over money they raised for a homeless man.

Bobbitt is homeless and struggling with addiction, his lawyers said.

"We need to make sure the money is safe while a full accounting is done", Jacqueline Promislo, one of Bobbitt's lawyers, said before Thursday's hearing. Yet, Bobbit said he never saw the money meant for him. Some reports said McClure recently bought a new BMW vehicle and took an expensive trip to California.

Regardless, a New Jersey judge disagreed. "It's going to come down to a demonstration of all the money and where the money went". "And if the monies aren't in the bank, they can pull their money out of their pillowcases and have them delivered to you to be handed over and placed in a trust account - an attorney trust account", she said.

The couple said they let Bobbitt park it on land owned by McClure's family, but the Associated Press reported that in June, D'Amico told him to leave. Some of the money GoFundMe donors gave to him ended up in the pockets of drug dealers, Bobbitt told the Inquirer.

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