Published: Thu, November 15, 2018

New Jersey couple, homeless vet made up fundraising campaign

New Jersey couple, homeless vet made up fundraising campaign

The story went viral on social media previous year.

It was one of last year's most heartwarming feel-good stories: A homeless veteran gives his last $20 to a woman who ran out of gas along Interstate 95 in Jersey, so she and her boyfriend start a GoFundMe campaign to pay back his kindness and raise $400,000.

Authorities now believe it was all a ruse.

According a source who spoke to the news outlet, which said it had a copy of a criminal complaint, all three are expected to face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for working together to create the ruse.

The couple turned themselves in on Wednesday. Bobbitt remains at large.

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.

In response, McClure and D'Amico said that they withheld money from Bobbitt out of concern for him and said that Bobbitt was giving money away and spending more on drugs.

WTXF reports the Burlington County Prosecutor will announce more information at a press conference at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

GoFundMe had said Bobbit would get the balance of the donations no matter how the money was spent.

Police raided the couple's home in September and seized several items, including a BMW. "It's important to remember that our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors and beneficiaries are protected".

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