Posted by Staff on December 6, 2019
On Friday, December 6, Mark D’Amico — one of the masterminds behind the infamous 2018 GoFundMe scandal that raised more than $400,000 on false pretenses — pleaded guilty in a New Jersey Court, according to a CNN report.
The guilty plea was to one count of second-degree misapplication of entrusted property, and D’Amico will be required to pay full restitution to GoFundMe and its donors. The 29-year-old will be sentenced in April 2020 and has agreed to a five-year term in New Jersey state prison, according to the Burlington County prosecutor.
Along with then-girlfriend 29-year-old Katelyn McClure and homeless drug addict Johnny Bobbitt, Jr., D’Amico hatched a fake Good Samaritan scheme that involved raising money on GoFundMe for Bobbitt who gave McClure his last $20 after she ran out of gas on I-95 in Philadelphia in 2017.
Social media propelled the story to national news which praised the couple for their efforts in raising up to $400,000 for Bobbitt. But the story fell apart when Bobbitt came forward and revealed he’d received only a fraction of the GoFundMe earnings while D’Amico and McClure spent the rest on luxury cars, designer bags and fulfilling D’Amico’s gambling addiction.
D’Amico’s guilty plea comes months after McClure pleaded guilty in April to second-degree theft by deception and agreed to a four-year prison term, but she has yet to be sentenced. Bobbitt — who implicated himself when he came forward — pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and has been placed in a drug rehab program. Like D’Amico, they will also be required to pay restitution as a part of their plea deals.Revisit the infamous GoFundMe scam: