Bobbitt went on to sue McClure and D’Amico, who denied doing anything wrong. They said he had spent $25,000 in less than two weeks on drugs. They said they had given Bobbitt $200,000. Bobbitt’s lawyer claims he only got $75,000 of the money.
The couple purchased a camper for him which they said he could park on their land (they later revoked this and Bobbitt became homeless again).
In September, the police raided the couple’s home in New Jersey and removed a new BMW on a flatbed from the property. Additionally, their financial statements, jewellery and cash were also seized.
GoFundMe issued this statement:
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GoFundMe will process all refunds in the coming days.
While this type of behavior by an individual is extremely rare, it's unacceptable and clearly it has consequences. Committing fraud, whether it takes place on or offline is against the law.
We are fully cooperating and assisting law enforcement officials to recover every dollar withdrawn by Ms. McClure and Mr. D'Amico.
Finally, it's important to understand that misuse is very rare on our platform. Campaigns with misuse make up less than one tenth of one percent of all campaigns.
We have a zero tolerance policy for fraudulent behavior. If fraud occurs, donors get refunded and we work with law enforcement officials to recover the money.
One fraudulent campaign is one too many, but when it does take place, we take action to protect donors.