Last year, Johnny Bobbitt's entire world changed after a simple good deed resulted in a massive charity event with thousands of people donating more than $ 400,000 to save the man from homelessness in Philadelphia.
Less than a year later, the veteran is back on the streets, after he claims the couple who started the fundraiser refused to give him the full balance raised in his name, reports According. Now a judge has ordered Katelyn McClure, 28, and her 39-year-old friend Mark D & # 39; Amico to return the rest of the money after Bobbitt sued the couple for fraud.
"The money was raised for this Johnny Bobbitt and Johnny Bobbitt have no dollar in their pockets and are homeless," says Bobbitt's lawyer Jacqueline Promislo to PEOPLE.
Bobbitt, originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, met McClure for the first time last October when her car ran out of gas on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. Bobbitt was known to spend his last $ 20 to buy gas for McClure. Moved by his kindness, she and D & # 39; Amico have set up a GoFundMe page to help Bobbitt get back on his feet. More than 1
"I think it might have been good intentions in the beginning, but with that amount of money, I think it was greed," claimed Bobbitt, 35 years old. Philadelphia Inquirer Days before he and his legal team filed a lawsuit in New Jersey's Superior Court in Mount Holly on Tuesday
On Thursday, Burlington County ordered Judge Paula Dow to hand over the remainder of the money to Bobbitt's law firm by Friday, and has a preliminary injunction banning McClure and D & # 39; Amico of any of the money, Promislo confirms to PEOPLE
In the complaint received from LEIBEN, Bobbitt accused the couple of fraud and conspiracy, claiming that the couple made the bulk of the funds for Holidays to Las Vegas, Florida and California, along with a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and a new BMW for McClure, Bordentown, New Jersey.
"I wish it had not come to that, I hate it to happen," Bobbitt told WPVI following Thursday's hearing. "I always felt like I was in a strange situation, I did not want to push to get a lawyer, or do anything because I did not want to be ungrateful."
A lawyer for McClure and D & # 39; Amico declined one Opinion.
The pair wrote on the GoFundMe page last year that he would invest $ 402,706 in a pair of trusts in Bobbitt's name Both a lawyer and a financial planner would have. They added that Bobbitt owned his own home and would eventually have his dream car, a 1999 Ford Ranger. Bobbitt, however, told the Inquirer that he stayed in a caravan until June, and the SUV the couple bought for him collapsed.
The couple told the Inquirer that they had spent or gave Bobbitt more than half of the money – through food, clothing, a hotel stay, the camper, SUV and more – but kept the nearly $ 200,000 balance back.
The couple's lawyer, Ernest Badway, told ABC News that McClure and D "Amico has arranged meetings with financial advisors and lawyers for Bobbitt, but he" never turned up. "According to Bobbitt's request, they said they had the RV and the vehicle on their behalf," Badway said, adding that the couple had even rehabilitated the man.
Judge Dow admitted that it was not proven that the couple abused Bobbitt's money, but stated that it would cause him to "I'm diate" or "irreparable harm" if he had no access to
"The balance of relative hardships favors the plaintiff in this time clearly and convincingly," said Dow according to ABC. "The damage to the defendants here is relatively small."
The couple previously had Bobbitt's claims denied and informed the Inquirer that her relationship with the man became angry when he allegedly spent the $ 25,000 they gave him less than two weeks ago pteten, Bobbitt had stolen from them and claimed that he had sold part of their possessions to buy drugs. Bobbitt, who failed since then two rehab attempts, denied the allegations.
Bobbitt admitted to spending the $ 25,000 quickly, but said he was giving money to family and friends and only spending part of it on drugs.
D & # 39; Amico, who admitted to having spent $ 500, said he quickly replaced the money, Inquirer said giving money to a recovering drug addict like "would give him a loaded weapon."
"Give him all the money It's never gonna happen, I'll burn it in front of him," he told the release before the decision on Thursday.
McClure and D & # 39; Amico talked about the incident this week on Megyn Kelly TODAY claiming that they were up and beyond to track down the man's birth certificate and give it identification. D & # 39; Amico said Bobbitt told them he did not want a house, but dreamed of living in a country caravan in Alaska.
"He was our family, he's our family, and I still think he's still our family," McClure told Kelly. McClure was in tears when she claimed the couple had received death threats.
"It's so hard to handle because these people understand one side of the story," she said. "Death threats and threats to burn my house and threats against my family and so on are hard to cope with knowing we've done something good, I still believe that we've done something good and I would do it again I would do it again for him. "