By: Kyle James | 09-06-2018 | News
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Couple Who Raised $400,00 For Homeless Man Ordered To Court To Account For Missing Funds

A homeless man who made headlines when he gave his last $20 to help a girl who was out of gas is back in headlines, this time it's over a financial dispute. Kate McClure was so thankful that the homeless John Bobbitt gave her his last $20 that she set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for him. The account would go on to raise $400,000.

Now, Bobbitt says he had to find out through the couple's attorney that the money is all gone.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Action News began tracking McClure and D’Amico’s spending habits online after receiving a tip last year that they were taking lavish trips and gambling following the GoFundMe fundraising. The couple reportedly denies they used any $ earmarked for John Bobbitt. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Chad Pradelli (@chadpradelli) <a href="">August 31, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Appearing before Judge Paula Dow, the attorney for Kate McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico were told by the judge that she has several questions about the case and wants them answered by the defendants themselves. The judge also ordered the couple to give depositions about where the donations went that were raised for Bobbitt.

The judge also ordered the attorney's for both sides to get their paperwork together and figure out the money trail to see who spent what. The attorney representing the couple, Ernest Badway, tried to assert his clients' fifth amendment right not to incriminate themselves. Badway also tried to get two men who looked like law enforcement sitting in the back of the courtroom to identify themselves but Judge Dow quickly shut down his request.

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"To single out two individuals, in particular, is grandstanding, and you've done it for the press on both sides and I won't have any more of this," Dow said. The judge then went on to say why she needed to see both of Badway's clients.

"You should advise your clients that they are directed by the court to appear, and they can assert their privileges at that time. I am no longer comfortable with counsel representing what their clients purport to say when I have no certifications from the clients, no appearances by the clients, and a record that before me lacks clarity at times as to what happened with the funds," she said.

The couple claims of the $360,000 (after GoFundMe's fees) they gave $200,000 to Bobbitt. He disputes that number and said the total he believes he received was $75,000 in cash, goods, and services. Bobbitt claims the couple used much of the donations for lavish trips, gambling sprees, and a BMW.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Outside of Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico’s house is the used BMW John Bobbitt says the couple purchased earlier this year. He suspects the GoFundMe $ raised for him was used to buy it. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Chad Pradelli (@chadpradelli) <a href="">September 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Debbie No. 36252 2018-09-06 : 06:09

They need to go to prison and ordered to make restitution.

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