- Dec 29, 2015
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- Olympia Wa
- Political Leaning
https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/15/us/couple-homeless-man-gofundme/index.htmlA New Jersey couple and a homeless man have been accused of making up a feel-good story that raised more than $400,000 for the homeless man through GoFundMe.
The couple, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico, and the man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., face charges of second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception, according to the Burlighton County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.
"The paying-it-forward story that drove this fundraiser might seem too good to be true," Coffina said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
"Unfortunately, it was. The entire campaign was predicated on a lie."
Investigators reviewed more than 67,000 text messages in the case, including one McClure sent to a friend that read, "Okay so wait the gas part is completely made up, but the guy isn't. I had to make something up to make people feel bad."
The couple had said they met Bobbitt when he gave his last $20 to McClure, who was stranded on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, so she could put gas in her car.
In other texts, the couple discussed their inability to pay bills and their mountain of debts.
GoFundMe will provide a full refund to the campaign's donors, Coffina said
I was skeptical from the jump and said so at DP in the process being labeled a killjoy but here is the thing.....folks should take no joy in getting scammed....it is a good idea to always be sniffing for when we are getting lied to, because people especially now are great liars.......especially when there is profit in it.
This is an "I told you so" thread.