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GoFundMe: Homeless Vet Will Be 'Made Whole' in $400K Feud

Crowdfunding site says Johnny Bobbitt Jr. will get what he's due
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2018 9:20 AM CDT
This photo taken Aug. 15, 2018, shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr.   (David Swanson /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
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(Newser) – What started out as an uplifting story has degenerated into a rather upsetting one for all involved. The Philadelphia couple that helped crowdfund more than $400,000 to help a homeless man is now being accused by that man of using the money as their "personal piggy bank," with Johnny Bobbitt Jr.'s legal team saying that all of the money raised by Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico for Bobbitt is now gone. But GoFundMe, the site via which the crowdfunding took place, says that Bobbitt will be "made whole" and that he'll receive the full amount of what was raised, NJ.com reports. "We're committing that he'll get the balance of the funds that he has not yet received or benefitted from," GoFundMe said in a joint statement with the law firm repping Bobbitt.

That balance is still being debated. A lawyer for McClure and D'Amico, who say they withheld some of the cash from D'Amico because they feared he'd spend it on drugs, claims Bobbitt has already received $200,000, while Bobbitt's lawyer says his client has only seen $75,000 of it, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. A GoFundMe rep says Bobbitt will get what he's due because of 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." The Inquirer gets into the nitty-gritty of the site's donations protocol, noting the site is also making the rare exception of allowing people who donated to ask for refunds, even though the normal 30-day deadline has expired. (The home of McClure and D'Amico was raided this week by police.)

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