A homeless man whose selfless act of utilizing his final $20 to refill the fuel tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia acquired him worldwide consideration is suing the couple who led a $400,000 fundraising marketing campaign to assist him.
Johnny Bobbitt says he’s involved that Mark D’Amico and Katie McClure have mismanaged a big a part of the donations raised for him on GoFundMe . The New Jersey couple denies the claims, saying they’re cautious of giving Bobbitt giant sums as a result of they feared he would purchase medication.
Bobbitt’s lawsuit contends the couple dedicated fraud by taking cash from the fundraising marketing campaign for themselves. He’s in search of undisclosed damages, and his legal professionals need a decide to nominate somebody to supervise the account.
A listening to on the lawsuit is scheduled for Thursday.
McClure arrange the web fundraiser web page as a strategy to give again to Bobbitt, who got here to her help when she ran out of fuel on an Interstate 95 exit ramp late one night time. It raised greater than $400,000 in funds donated by greater than 14,000 folks.
Bobbitt walked a couple of blocks to purchase McClure fuel. She didn’t have cash to repay him on the time, however sought him out days later to present him the cash, and visited him a couple of extra occasions to carry meals and water. They later appeared on exhibits like “Good Morning America” and had been interviewed by the BBC.
However the relationship has since gone bitter.
Christopher C. Fallon, certainly one of Bobbitt’s legal professionals, instructed The Philadelphia Inquirer that the authorized motion was taken after D’Amico ignored a number of requests for a full accounting of the cash raised by the GoFundMe marketing campaign.
“He’s actually left us with no selection however to go ahead,” stated Fallon, certainly one of two professional bono legal professionals from Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia whom Bobbitt retained final week.
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McClure and D’Amico have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing or misusing any of the cash. D’Amico has stated Bobbitt spent $25,000 in lower than two weeks in December on medication, along with paying overdue authorized payments and sending cash to his household.
The couple additionally purchased Bobbitt a camper with a number of the funds and parked it on land McClure’s household owns in Florence. However Bobbitt turned homeless once more after D’Amico instructed him in June that he needed to depart the property.
Throughout an look Monday on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly As we speak” present, D’Amico instructed Kelly there was properly over $150,000 left of the donations.