New Jersey Homeless 'Good Samaritan,' Couple Expected to be Charged with Conspiracy, Theft

November 15, 2018 01:18 PM

A story involving a New Jersey woman who needed help when her car ran out of gas and the homeless man who assisted her has undergone another twist.

According to ABC News, Johnny Bobbitt gave Katelyn McClure his last $20 for gas after she became stranded on an interstate in Philadelphia.


McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico said they made the decision to publicly announce the "Good Samaritan" deed because they wanted to help Bobbitt.

"We were thinking, 'What if we set up a GoFundMe for this guy just to get him off the street for a weekend?,'" McClure said at the time.

The fund quickly grew to more than $400,000, with donations from more than 14,000 people.

"It's like winning the lottery," Bobbitt said at the time.

However, the happy story began to crack when Bobbitt accused the couple of stealing the money and using it to fund lavish trips to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and New York City.

Local law enforcement agencies zeroed in on the couple in recent months, raiding their home and towing away their vehicle. An arrest appeared to be imminent.

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On Thursday, a new development in the case was reported.

Authorities said they believe the entire story was a ruse, concocted by McClure, D'Amico and Bobbitt as a get-rich-quick scheme.

McClure and D'Amico have reportedly turned themselves. U.S. marshals reportedly arrested Bobbitt Wednesday night.

Bobbitt remained in custody Thursday, on probation detainer and a $50,000 bond.

The three are expected to be charged with conspiracy and theft by deception for working together to create the story.

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