Homeless man in GoFundMe fraud case arrested

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — The homeless man accused of being part of a fake GoFundMe scam was arrested Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Authorities took Johnny Bobbitt Junior into custody after he failed to appear in court for pending fraud charges. Bobbitt, a woman and her boyfriend are accused in a crowd-funding scheme.

Authorities say the three of them made up a story and Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico created a GoFundMe account to supposedly help the homeless Bobbitt.

More than $400,000 were raised, but Bobbitt later sued the couple accusing them of using the money for their own personal benefit. That’s when prosecutors alleged it was all a scam.

The three have been charged with second-degree theft by deception as well as conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

GoFundMe officials say refunds have been given to thousands of donors.



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