When a homeless man in Philadelphia gave his last $ 20 to a stranded couple to buy gas, they were so excited that they set up an online fundraiser to help him out.
The GoFundMe target was $ 10,000. But over nine months, more than 14,000 people donated more than $ 400,000 to the man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr.
Less inspiring: He says he has not seen anything about the money yet. And he filed a lawsuit against the couple Mark D & # 39; Amico and Kate McClure in New Jersey
. Bobbitt is still homeless and was fidgeting until he went to rehab. He claims he never saw any of the money.
"We took him and he chose him," said D & # 39; Amico in the TV interview.
While this story in the series went well, Ms. Promislo, who said she represented Mr. Bobbitt in vain, said he had no followers.
"They bought it in their name and kept it in their name," she said. "I think they sold it."
Mr. Bobbitt believes the couple is spending the money on vacations and a new BMW. The couple said that the car they bought was used. Promislo declined to say who paid for Mr. Bobbitt's rehab and how long he had been in drug treatment.
"He wants to put the money in a trust account and find out how to spend it," said Ms. Promislo. A court would appoint a fiduciary according to the application, but she declined to say whether a family member or her company would be prepared to assume that role.
She added, "The money was never given to Mark or Kate, but they put the money into their own account."
Mr. D & # 39; Amico said in a television interview, "I wanted to make sure there was something left for him at the end of the day when he finished."
He admitted to playing $ 500 with Mr. Bobbitt's permission, but said he had repaid it ever since.
Financial mismanagement of donations and fraud are not new problems for online crowdfunding sites.
"It happens more often than GoFundMe admits," said Adrienne Gonzalez, who runs GoFraudMe. For example, there have been many instances where people have raised money for cancer they do not have, or failed to donate for expenses such as funerals.
GoFundMe will refund donations to donors if it suspects abuse or ensures that the money goes to the beneficiary, a spokesperson said.
As for Mr. Bobbitt, Ms. Promislo said, "He wants a home, he wants his money."