$400K raised for homeless hero is gone: lawyer


McClure said she was moved by his generosity, tracked him down, and set up a GoFundMe with a $US10,000 ($13,836) goal meant to help Bobbitt find a place to live and buy a truck.

Last week, lawyers for Bobbitt asked a judge to require the couple to submit an accounting of the money and wire it into a trust for him.

But on the same day his lawyers asked the judge to hold the couple in contempt of court for not turning the money over, Bobbitt's legal team discovered that the funds were missing during a conference call with the couple's lawyers, the Inquirer reported.

GoFundMe say they are working to resolve the issue to ensure Bobbitt gets his money.

"We really have to take this one step at a time".

Chris Fallon, an attorney for Bobbitt, said that the couple informed him through their lawyers Tuesday that the rest of the cash was now gone.

Bobbitt made worldwide news previous year, when he spent his last $20 to help McClure after she became stranded on an I-95 overpass in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. She set up a GoFundMe page for him, which raised $400,000. 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. The story went viral and more than 14,000 people donated. It was featured in national newspapers, including The Post. They later appeared on shows like "Good Morning America" and were interviewed by the BBC.

It was originally believed there was $279,000 (US$200K) remaining in the account from the initial $558,000 (US$400K) raised, before the number was revised down to $209,000 (US$150K) but now, that number is believed to be $0. Siphoning off any of the money for McClure's own benefit should be criminal, or failing that, universally viewed as immoral. The GoFundMe cash, Bobbitt suspected, had been squandered on vacations, a luxury auto and more than one addiction.

As for next steps, Fallon says all they can do is try to follow the trail.

In court on Thursday, Badway said Bobbitt stole from the couple and received at least $200,000 from the funds since the couple set up the GoFundMe page for him last November.

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There are conflicting reports from the couple and Bobbitt about how the money was used and whether Bobbitt was a participant or a victim.

McClure said recently that her goal was to raise $10,000 to get Bobbitt an apartment and money to cover expenses for up to six months, the Observer previously reported.

NJ.com reports that Bobbitt is "devastated", according to Fallon.

But Bobbitt said he saw troubling signs.

McClure and D'Amico have repeatedly denied misusing any of the money. She also took a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. But Bobbitt became homeless again after D'Amico told him in June that he had to leave the property.

Last week, Mr D'Amico told NBC that about $150,000 remained.

"I say I get rid of my team of lawyers you get rid of yours and Kate and I write you a check", D'Amico wrote in the message, according to the Inquirer.

Homeless veteran Johnny's Bobbitt's lawyer claims there is "no money left" in the GoFundMe account created for his client. It's also reported that Bobbitt is accused of spending that amount of money on drugs, overdue legal bills, and sending $$ to family.

The money that came to Bobbitt couldn't stop his addiction. It relied on the belief that there was actually some money to give him.

Months later, the relationship between Bobbitt and the couple grew strained.