New Jersey woman gets year in prison for role in $400K GoFundMe scam with fake story about homeless man 

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Camden, NJ – Woman confessed to her role in A scam that raised $400,000 using a fake story about a homeless man He received a one-year prison sentence in federal court Thursday.

Catelyn McClure was also ordered to compensate and serve three years of supervised release. The 32-year-old Bordentown, New Jersey native is due to be charged with formal charges next month and could receive a longer prison sentence.

I left a letter Thursday with a lawyer representing McClure.

McClure and her then-boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, Made up the story of Johnny Bobbitt, Jr., the homeless veteran who gave McClure $20 When it ran out of fuel on a Philadelphia highway in 2017.

In fact, state and federal prosecutors said, the group met near a Philadelphia casino in October 2017, shortly before their story was told.

They spread the story through local and national media interviews and created a GoFundMe account that more than 14,000 people have donated, believing the money was to help Bobbitt, according to prosecutors. Law enforcement launched an investigation after Bobbitt sued the couple, accusing them of not giving him the money.

The federal criminal complaint alleged that all of the money raised in the campaign was spent by March 2018, with McClure and D’Amico spending significant portions on a RV, BMW and trips to casinos in Las Vegas and New Jersey.

D’Amico, described as the group’s leader, pleaded guilty to federal charges and was sentenced in April to 27 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay compensation and is due to be sentenced on separate charges to the state next month.

Bobbitt was sentenced to five years probation on state charges in 2019 and faces federal charges next month.

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