Woman involved in $400,000 GoFundMe scam gets one year in jail

CAMDEN, NJ (AP) — A woman who admitted her role in a scam that raised $400,000 using a false story about a homeless man was sentenced to one year in prison in federal court Thursday.

Katelyn McClure was also ordered to make restitution and serve three years on probation. The 32-year-old Bordentown, New Jersey resident is expected to be sentenced next month on state charges and could receive more jail time.

A message was left Thursday with an attorney representing McClure.

McClure and then-boyfriend Mark D’Amico made up the story of homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt Jr. giving McClure $20 when she ran out of gas on a Philadelphia freeway in 2017 .

In truth, state and federal prosecutors said, the group had met near a Philadelphia casino in October 2017, shortly before they told their story.

They went public with the story through local and national media interviews and set up a GoFundMe account that more than 14,000 people donated to, believing the money was intended to help Bobbitt, prosecutors say. . Law enforcement began investigating after Bobbitt sued the couple, accusing them of not giving him the money.

The federal criminal complaint alleged that all of the money raised through the campaign was spent in March 2018, with large chunks spent by McClure and D’Amico on an RV, a BMW and trips to Las Vegas casinos. Vegas and New Jersey.

D’Amico, described as the leader of the group, pleaded guilty to federal charges and was sentenced in April to 27 months in prison. He was also ordered to make restitution and is expected to be sentenced on separate state charges next month.

Bobbitt was sentenced to five years probation on state charges in 2019 and faces sentencing next month on federal charges.




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