A homeless man who helped a woman with her last $ 20 and gained national fame did so only one day later, after a judge ordered the wife and her husband to hand over the remaining money in his name.
"I wish it had not happened," said Johnny Bobbitt of ABC News subsidiary WPVI in Philadelphia. "I hate it to happen."
Bobbitt, a 35-year veteran of the Marine Corps who claims to live on the streets of Philadelphia, gave 28-year-old Kate McClure the last money he spent in that day after she ran out of gas had set the sand on a GoFundMe page that she created on November 10 last year.
According to the GoFundMe page, the site has accumulated more than $ 400,000.
With the money, McClure and her husband Mark D & # 39; Amico, 39, Bobbitt bought a camper and parked him on the property of McClure's family, according to the Associated Press. He also received $ 25,000 spent in less than two weeks, the AP reported.
Bobbitt filed a lawsuit against D & # 39; Amico and McClure claiming that the couple used the money, like their own "personal piggy bank," to finance a lifestyle they would not otherwise be able to afford, "wrote his Lawyers.
The couple denies these allegations and says they are skeptical about giving big sums to Bobbitt because they fear he'll buy drugs, according to the Associated Press.
Bobbitt said they had complete control over the funds.
"I had to ask her about everything in the beginning," Bobbitt said. "It was like a joke, they were like my parents, but the joke starts not to be funny."
"I always felt like I was in a weird situation, I did not want to push [anyone] to get a lawyer or do anything because I did not want to be ungrateful," he added.
A judge from New Jersey issued an order Thursday that the couple should transfer the money to a trust account by the end of the day on Friday and hire a forensic accountant who could review the financial records within 10 days.
The couple's lawyer, Ernest Badway, argued in court that the couple spent much more on Bobbitt. McClure and D & # 39; Amico have used about $ 200,000, including the trailer, the truck and Bobbitt cash for his daily necessities, said Badway, citing records he has seen.
They're just preparing the bookkeeping, which will "show where the money went," said Badway.
McClure and D & # 39; Amico did not return calls and emails seeking a comment.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.