May 30, 2023

New Jersey Woman Sentenced to 3-Years in Prison For Role in Homeless Veteran GoFundMe Scam

A New Jersey girl who raised 1000’s of {dollars} for a GoFundMe rip-off has been sentenced to jail for 3 years.

The story went viral in 2017, alleging a homeless man allegedly gave Katelyn McClure his final $20 after she ran out of gasoline.

Prosecutors say that the marketing campaign raised roughly $400,000, which donors thought can be given to the homeless man on the heart of the story, Johnny Bobbitt.

McClure was sentenced to three years in state jail for her involvement in the rip-off final Friday.

The state sentence will run concurrently with the one-year, one-day federal sentence she is at present serving.

McClure admitted to “advancing the false narrative” of the viral story in 2019, pleading responsible to second-degree theft by deception in state courtroom.

It was stated that McClure acted on the instructions of her then-boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, who had beforehand pleaded responsible on the state and federal ranges for his involvement with the rip-off.

In October, a state courtroom sentenced Bobbitt to a state-run dependancy restoration program after he pleaded responsible to a second-degree conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

In accordance to stories, D’Amico and McClure should pay restitution for fraudulently raised funds.