Last year, a story went viral about a homeless guy in Philadelphia who used his last $20 to help a woman who ran out of gas . . . and she and her husband wound up raising $400,000 for him on GoFundMe. Well . . . it was all a scam. The three of them dreamed up the story, and now they’re all facing charges of conspiracy and theft.
FULL STORY: Right around this time last year, a story went viral out of Philadelphia.
A woman named Kate McClure ran out of gas in Philadelphia in the middle of the night and she didn’t have any cash. And a homeless guy named Johnny Bobbitt walked to the gas station and used HIS last $20 to help her out.
So Kate and her husband Mark D’Amico set up a GoFundMe to thank him . . . and it wound up raising $400,000. A pretty great, heartwarming story, right? Well, we should’ve all known better.
It turns out the three of them came up with the story together as a way to scam people out of money.
Apparently Kate and Mark met Johnny about a month earlier, and then they met up with him a few times and gave him some money . . . and they all came up with the story together. And Kate and Mark were also hoping to land a book deal out of it.
Now they’re all facing criminal charges of conspiracy and theft by deception. Kate and Mark turned themselves in on Wednesday . . . and Johnny was arrested later that night.
(Here are their mugshots. Johnny is in the middle.
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Originally posted on November 16th, 2018