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Homeless Man in GoFundMe Case to Be Sent Back to New Jersey to Face Charges

Johnny Bobbitt faces charges that he violated the conditions of his release from jail while awaiting trial.

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    Homeless Man in GoFundMe Scheme Sent to NJ to Face Charges

    The homeless man alleged to be at the center of a GoFundMe scheme has been ordered back to Burlington County to face charges. Johnny Bobbitt did not appear at a scheduled court appearance in New Jersey two weeks ago, and was later arrested in Philadelphia.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019)

    A homeless veteran accused of engaging in a GoFundMe scheme has been ordered to be sent back to New Jersey after being taken into custody across the river in Philadelphia.

    The judge ordered 35-year-old Johnny Bobbitt back to New Jersey to face charges he violated the conditions of his release from jail while awaiting trial. Bobbitt was arrested in Philadelphia earlier this month after he failed to appear in a New Jersey court.

    Bobbitt's attorney warned his client in court Tuesday that failure to appear at future proceedings "could put us back in the same situation."

    Prosecutors allege that Bobbitt conspired with Katelyn McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D'Amico to concoct a story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 for gas — fooling donors into contributing more than $400,000.

    All three suspects are set for a court hearing in Burlington County on Feb. 6, the county proscutor's office said.