[Global Network News] According to CNN News on November 15, a couple in New Jersey and a homeless man were accused of making up Warm heart story, using the public fundraising platform GoFundMe to raise more than 400,000 US dollars.
Scott Coffina, Prosecutor of Burlington County, New Jersey, said on November 15 that the names were Kate & Bull; Kate McClure and Mark & Bull The couple of Mark D'Amico, and the tramp Johnny & Bull; Johnny Bobbitt will face allegations of second-degree theft and conspiracy to deceive theft.
According to the couple, they knew Bobbit on the road. At the time, McClure drove on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. Due to lack of gasoline, the car broke down on the road and McClure was trapped on the road. At that time she met the tramp Bobbit, Bobbit gave the last $20 to McClure and exchanged some petrol for her. McClure was deeply moved by the behavior of Bobbit, and then expressed his gratitude to the crowdfunding website GoFundMe for crowdfunding.
Cofina said at a news conference: “The story of promoting this crowdfunding seems too good, so close to unreal.” But it is true that the entire crowdfunding campaign is based on lies. “Cornnina said that in addition to the handling fee, the crowdfunding activity net earned $367,000 and was fully deposited into McClure’s account. Bobbit got $75,000 from it. Within a few months, McClure and Damico squandered these donations, bought cars and high-end handbags, and customized a number of travel plans. He said that the couple also spent a lot of money in the casino.
Cofina emphasizes that although the identity of Bobbit veterans is true, the contribution to the country is worthy of thanks, and the current situation is worthy of sympathy, but He can be said to be indeed an accomplice to this criminal incident, and has repeatedly appeared in the media to help “promote this fraudulent activity”.
According to Cofina, in fact, at least a month before the start of the crowdfunding campaign, McClure and Damico met Bobbit for the first time. The meeting place was frequented by the couple. The exit of the casino near the ramp. A month later, they returned there again, and Damico took a photo of McClure and Bobbit. A few hours later, they launched a fundraising event at GoFundMe.
The investigators reviewed more than 67,000 SMS records in the case, one of which was issued by McClure to a friend who wrote: “Well, the contents of the gasoline section are completely fabricated. But that guy is not. I need to write something to make others feel sad. ”
In other text messages, the couple also discussed the bills they were unable to pay and the accumulated debt.
Cofina also pointed out that in 2012, Bobbit posted a “very similar” story on his Facebook page. At the time, he wrote that at a Wal-Mart store in North Carolina, he met a woman who had run out of gasoline and a tire puncture. He said that he gave her the only cash left. Cofina believes that this story is not coincidental with the case.
Currently, GoFundMe has committed to provide a full refund to the 14,000 donors of the event. The spokesperson said that such personal actions are extremely rare and they are zero-tolerant of such fraud. The spokesperson also said that the company has a trust security team that continuously reviews GoFundMe’s activities 24 hours a day to prevent fraud. The website also guarantees that if the donor’s participation in the event & ldquo; has a problem & rdquo;, you can choose a refund.
Damico and McClure surrendered on the evening of November 4 and were released before the trial. Bobbit is currently detained in Philadelphia and is awaiting extradition. Cofina said the second-degree crime in New Jersey could bring five to ten years in prison.
Last fall, social media was filled with the good deeds of McClure and Damico. They started crowdfunding activities and said that they could do something for Bobbit. The event quickly raised a total of $402,706. The video shows that the couple revealed the money to the overjoyed Bobbit and promised to place a new home for him. Bobbit said that the money will change his life.
However, the reason why this conspiracy scam was finally exposed was to thank the three of them for the unequality of the three people.
In August of this year, Bobbit sued McClure and Damico, referring toControl them to detain funds raised for him. His lawyer said that the couple did not give Bobbit’s promised house, but instead bought him a camper without consent and locked him in their house, “no money and no food” ; Of the approximately $400,000 worth of money that Bobbit deserved, only $75,000 was received, and the rest of the money was deposited into the couple’s personal accounts.
How much of the balance was left to Bobbit? As the number of questions became more and more, the judge ordered the couple to testify in court. The couple called Bobbit drug addiction, and before he found a job and quit poison, they decided to give him only a small amount of money at a time.
Bobbit’s lawyer then submitted the matter to GoFundMe, and the company agreed to pay the fee and ensure that Bobbit was able to get the promised money. In September, as part of the guarantee, the company paid Bobbit $20,000 and the rest was handed over to the investigation. (Internship Compilation: Chen Wenyan Reviewer: Tan Liya)