GoFundMe Refunds Money to ‘Good Samaritan Scam’ Donors
Donations are being returned to those who supported a viral fundraiser on GoFundMe for a Philadelphia homeless man in late 2017.
You may recall the story from October 2017 about a Philadelphia homeless man who helped a Burlington County woman in need. The story alleged that Philadelphia homeless man Johnny Bobbitt Jr. gave his last $20 to a woman who was stranded on the side of I-95 in Philadelphia for her to buy gas.
The woman (Katelyn McClure) and her boyfriend (Mark D'Amico), who were from Burlington County, set up a GoFundMe to raise funds for Johnny. It raised about $400,000 in donations. both of Florence
It was a feel-good story, until we all found out in November 2018 that it was all a lie. Prosecutors said the story was completely fabricated (even the part about Bobbitt giving Katelyn $20).
Officials said that McClure, D’Amico, and Bobbitt Jr. were all in on the story to make to get sympathy money from people. They planned on sharing the money they earned. It fell apart when the couple wasn’t giving Bobbitt Jr. his fair share. All three are now facing criminal charges, and the couple has now broken up.
Well, now there’s good news for those who were duped by the story. Donors wondered if they would get their money back since the news broke. GoFundMe said they would do their best to get everyone’s money back to them.
Well, GoFundMe followed through on their promise this week. All 14,000 donors have been refunded the total amount (totaling more than $400,000).
It was announced today by GoFundMe officials that they will be refunding all 14,000 donors their money (totaling more than $400,000).
GoFundMe’s spokesman Bobby Whitorne said that “all donors who contributed to this GoFundMe campaign have been fully refunded,” and the organization is cooperating fully with law enforcement.
Court proceedings will continue for the three involved at the center of the fabricated story.