New Jersey

Woman, Homeless Man Plead Guilty in GoFundMe Scheme

Johnny Bobbitt and Katelyn McClure have admitted their roles in a GoFundMe scheme that schemed donors out of $400,000

A homeless man from Philadelphia accused of scheming with a New Jersey couple to scam GoFundMe donors out of more than $400,000, and the woman who took part in the scheme, have admitted their roles in federal court.

Johnny Bobbitt pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering and Katelyn McClure pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in federal court in Camden Wednesday.

McClure also waived her right to an indictment and trial. She faces as much as 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. She was being released on $100,000 unsecured bond and has to surrender her passport. Sentencing for McClure is set for June 19.

The exact penalty faced by Bobbitt isn't clear.

Prosecutors say the 35-year-old Bobbitt conspired with McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D'Amico to concoct a story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 for gas. Bobbitt and the couple raised $400,000, which authorities say was spent on luxury items and casino trips.

Bobbitt, D'Amico and McClure still face charges in Burlington County, New Jersey.

D'Amico's next legal move is unknown.

GoFundMe says it has refunded everyone who contributed to the campaign.

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