BORDENTOWN, N.J. (WTXF/AP) - GoFundMe announced they will give homeless vet Johnny Bobbitt the $400,000 raised for him.
GoFundMe released the following statement on Facebook:
"Johnny will be made whole and we're committing that he'll get the balance of the funds that he has not yet received or benefited from. GoFundMe's goal has always been to ensure Johnny gets support he deserves."
On Thursday, Police raided the home of a couple who raised $400,000 online for a homeless Good Samaritan who has alleged they squandered some of the money, including on a used BMW that investigators hauled away on a flatbed truck.
Investigators were at their home in Bordentown, New Jersey early Thursday morning, just one day after a judge ordered them to appear in court next week.
The Burlington County Prosecutors Office confirmed on Thursday that the search was related to the Johnny Bobbitt matter and no charges have been filed.
"Due to the enormous public interest in this matter, I am confirming that a search warrant was executed early this morning by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Florence Township Police Department at the residence of Mark D'Amico and Katelyn McClure in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt matter. As of this time, there have been no charges filed. Further updates will be provided as circumstances warrant."
Superior Court Judge Paula Dow said Wednesday that Katie McClure and Mark D'Amico must appear Monday for a deposition in a suit filed by Johnny Bobbitt over the whereabouts of the cash raised through GoFundMe. The couple have denied any wrongdoing or misusing the funds.
Dow chastised McClure and D'Amico's attorney over "grandstanding" and said his clients have to appear in person to assert their right against self-incrimination.
Bobbitt was also ordered to be deposed, but his attorney stated that he was in a 30-day treatment program.
Wednesday's proceedings shed little light on what happened to the cash after a Tuesday revelation from Bobbitt's attorney, Chris Fallon, that all the money was gone.
In court, McClure and D'Amico's attorney, Ernest Badway, said about $200,000 had gone to Bobbitt, but Dow said Badway indicated he was "misadvised" by his clients and that later the court learned there was no money left. She said she wants them to appear in person. Neither they nor Bobbit was in court Wednesday.
GoFundMe has said the company is working with law enforcement to ensure Bobbitt gets all the money raised for him and also that the company gave $20,000 to an account set up by Bobbitt's attorney "to provide assistance" to him during the investigation.
McClure set the page up to give back to Bobbitt, who helped her when she ran out of gas on an Interstate 95 exit ramp late one night. It raised more than $400,000 from more than 14,000 people.
Bobbitt walked a few blocks to buy McClure gas. She didn't have money to repay him at the time, but sought him out days later to give him the money.
D'Amico has said Bobbitt spent $25,000 in less than two weeks in December on drugs, in addition to paying overdue legal bills and sending money to his family.
The couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the funds and parked it on land McClure's family owns in New Jersey. But Bobbitt became homeless again after D'Amico told him in June that he had to leave the property.
During an appearance on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" show, D'Amico told Kelly there was well over $150,000 left of the donations.