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A New Jersey couple must turn over the money they raised for a homeless Philadelphia man who had gained worldwide attention after he spent his last $20 to help a stranded motorist last fall.
A Burlington County judge ordered Thursday that Katie McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, had to turn over all remaining money they had raised through a GoFundMe campaign for Johnny Bobbitt, who had helped McClure after she had run out of gas on an Interstate 95 exit ramp.
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The couple must give the money to their defense lawyer, who was directed to place the funds into an escrow account as the case continues. The judge also has ordered McClure and D’Amico to provide a full accounting of the money they raised.
It was the latest twist in a tale that had once captivated the nation as an example of paying kindness forward.
That November night, Bobbitt had walked a few blocks to buy McClure gas. She didn’t have money to repay him at the time, but sought him out days later to give him the money, and visited him a few more times to bring food and water. They later appeared on shows like “Good Morning America” and were interviewed by the BBC.
McClure set up the online fundraising page as a way to give back to Bobbitt. It raised more than $400,000 in donations from more than 14,000 people.
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