Johnny Bobbitt, 35, made headlines after news that he gave a woman his last $20 when she ran out of gas went viral. Kate McClure was stranded on the side of the highway when Bobbitt, a homeless veteran, came to her rescue, offering his last $20 to get her fuel. To return his kindness, McClure set up a GoFundMe page.
After news of Bobbitt’s good deed last November began to circulate, McClure, along with her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, made an effort to help the homeless veteran get back on his feet.
The started a GoFundMe page and received over 14,000 donations, bringing the total value of the campaign to approximately $400,000.
McClure and D’Amico made various promises regarding where the funds from the GoFundMe campaign would go. They stated they money would allow Bobbitt to buy a house and a vehicle, and that two trusts would be set up, one to provide a small annual salary and another for retirement.
Now, according to a report by the Daily Mail, Bobbitt is back on the streets, living under a bridge in Philadelphia.
McClure and D’Amico admit that $200,000 of the $400,000 has been spent. They claim the money was used to “care” for Bobbitt.
They also assert that the remaining $200,000 is being kept from Bobbitt intentionally, claiming he is not responsible enough to manage it.
“Giving him all that money, it’s never going to happen,” said D’Amico in an interview. “I’ll burn it in front of him.”
Instead of purchasing Bobbitt a house, the couple bought him a camper, which was placed on land owned by McClure’s family.
Bobbitt was asked to leave the property, and the family claims he has blown through any cash handouts he received on drugs and stole from them.
The couple also claims they have not spent any of the money on themselves, saying the $200,000 went to the camper, a vehicle, cell phones, a television and a laptop. They also state that they provided Bobbitt with $25,000 in cash, but that he blew through the money.
GoFundMe also received a portion of the funds raised, which the couple says amounts to $30,000.
The camper and vehicle have since been sold, but Bobbitt did not receive the money after the sales were complete.
Since the GoFundMe page launched, the couple has also taken several trips, including to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and McClure bought a new BMW. The pair insists their salaries covered these expenditures.
D’Amico works as a carpenter and McClure is a receptionist at a state agency.
D’Amico has been seen visiting casinos and was arrested on traffic violations. He admits to borrowing $500 from the GoFundMe campaign but claims that amount was replaced.
Bobbitt is now living on the streets again and has returned to using drugs. He says he feels betrayed by the couple.
“I think it might have been good intentions in the beginning, but with that amount of money, I think it became greed.”
GoFundMe is investigating the handling of the money, which the company classifies as a “dispute.”
“When there is a dispute, we work with all parties involved to ensure funds go to the right place,” said Bartlett Jackson, a spokesman for GoFundMe. “We will work to ensure that Johnny receives the help he deserves and that the donors’ intentions are honored.”