Homeless Vet GoFundMe Money Is Reportedly Drained By Couple

They raised $400,000 for a homeless vet. There’s none left to give him, lawyer says.

Last week, Superior Court Judge Paula T. Dow ordered the couple to wire the remaining funds into a trust and submit an accounting of the donated money.

All US$400,000 raised for a homeless Marine Corps veteran who used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia is now gone, the man's attorney says.

Dow ordered the couple's attorney, Ernest Badway, to tell his clients, who were not in court, that they must appear before her September 14 after giving sworn depositions on the matter next Monday morning at Badway's law office.

On Tuesday, Bobbitt's lawyers asked that D'Amico, 35, and McClure, 28, be held in contempt of court because they failed to follow Judge Paula T. Dow's August 30 order to relinquish what is left of the donations within 24 hours.

The lawyer of a homeless veteran now says his GoFundMe money is all gone - It all started when he gave his last $20.

Mr D'Amico and Ms McClure's lawyer, Ernest Badway, reportedly told the court about $200,000 went to Mr Bobbitt but later said he was "misadvised" by the couple.

Bobbitt filed a lawsuit when the couple didn't give him all of the money, and spent the money on themselves, WTAE reported.

They claim Bobbitt spent $25,000 in 13 days on drugs, which his lawyer denied. Last Thursday, a court ordered the remaining funds transferred into an escrow account controlled by Bobbitt's attorneys by the following day.

Both sides have given differing accounts about how much money got to Bobbitt.

The two launched a GoFundMe campaign after Bobbitt gave McClure all the money he had - $20 dollars - when she ran out of gas off I-95 in Port Richmond a year ago. It raised more than $400,000 from more than 14,000 people.

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Bobbitt walked a few blocks to buy McClure gas.

Bobbitt's attorneys have said Bobbitt has only received about $75,000 and fear the remainder of the money is gone.

"You should advise your clients that they are directed by the court to appear", Judge Dow told the couple's attorney, Badway.

On Tuesday evening, GoFundMe released a statement explaining that the company deposited $20,000 into an account created specifically by Bobbitt's legal team for assistance during the investigation. Bobbitt said he is still entitled to the remaining $300,000 that McClure and D'Amico are allegedly withholding. It relied on the belief that there was actually some money to give him.

"It completely shocked me when I heard", Chris Fallon, Bobbitt's attorney, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Every dollar he ever touched was used for drugs", D'Amico said.

During an appearance on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" show, D'Amico told Kelly there was well over $150,000 left of the donations. They didn't buy Bobbitt's dream auto, they bought him different used vehicle, also registered under McClure's name. But Bobbitt became homeless again after D'Amico told him in June that he had to leave the property.

GoFundMe rep Bobby Whithorne says the company is working with law enforcement to ensure that Bobbitt gets the money raised for him, the AP reports. She said she wants them to appear in person. He claimed around half of the total funds raised were either given to Bobbitt directly or spent on him.

A Go Fund Me spokesman, however, said the site "is working (with law enforcement) to make sure he gets the money raised on his behalf", The Associated Press reported.

The couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the funds and parked it on land McClure's family owns in Florence.

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