Police in New Jersey have executed a search warrant at the home of the couple accused of spending $400,000 in GoFundMe donations intended for a homeless man who used his last $20 to get gas for the stranded woman.
According to the Burlington County Times, police and detectives searched Kate McClure’s and Mark D’Amico’s Bordentown home early Thursday amid allegations that they misappropriated or mishandled money raised for Johnny Bobbitt, of Philadelphia. Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina confirmed that an investigation is underway but no criminal charges have been filed.
WPVI spotted investigators searching a BMW on the property before the vehicle was put on a truck and hauled off. D’Amico was reportedly seen in front of the home swinging a golf club and playing with a dog. A short time later, McClure reportedly got into a car and drove off.
The search comes a day after Bobbitt’s lawyer, Chris Fallon, claimed the couple’s attorneys informed him that all the GoFundMe money is gone. Days earlier, a judge had ordered the couple to give the remaining funds to Bobbitt.
Bobbitt previously accused the New Jersey couple of spending the money on cars, trips, and other personal indulgences. D’Amico told The Philadelphia Inquirer that half the GoFundMe money was given to Bobbitt or spent on him and claimed that Bobbitt blew through $25,000 in a week due to drug issues.
The New Jersey couple failed to appear in court on Wednesday, prompting their lawyer to inform the court that his clients wish to invoke their Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.
Judge Paula Dow ordered D’Amico and McClure to appear in court as they needed more insight into what happened to the funds, according to WPVI.
She told the attorney, “You should advise your clients that they are directed by the court to appear, and they can assert their privileges at that time. I am no longer comfortable with counsel representing what their clients purport to say, when I have no certifications from the clients, no appearances by the clients, and a record that before me lacks clarity at times as to what happened with the funds.”
[Featured image: Johnny Bobbitt, Kate McClure/GoFundMe]