We yesterday reported that a homeless man is suing a US couple who raised more than $400,000 to help him, alleging they used the funds as their own “piggy bank”. Well, a judge as ordered the couple to return the cash.
A judge in New Jersey has ordered a couple turn over $400,000 raised for a homeless man, after he used his last $20 to pay for gas for a stranded motorist.
The homeless good Samaritan who gained national fame after the stranded motorist he gave his last $20 to raised more than $400,000 in his name sued her and her boyfriend, claiming the couple is committing fraud by taking more than half of the money for themselves.
The couple who raised more than $400,000 for a homeless man must now turn over what’s left of the cash.
A New Jersey judge issued the order Thursday during a hearing on the lawsuit brought by Johnny Bobbitt , who worries Mark D’Amico and Katie McClure have mismanaged a large part of the donations raised for him on GoFundMe.
The couple denies those claims, saying they’re wary of giving Bobbitt large sums because they fear he would buy drugs.
The judge ordered the couple to transfer the money into an escrow account by the end of business Friday and hire a forensic accountant to review the financial records within 10 days.
The money will be transferred to an account controlled by Bobbitt’s lawyers but can’t be used until the judge determines how it will be managed. The judge didn’t appoint a guardian to oversee the fund, but one could be appointed later.
McClure set up the online fundraiser page as a way to give back to Bobbitt, who came to her aid when she ran out of gas on an Interstate 95 exit ramp late one night. It raised more than $400,000 in funds donated by more than 14,000 people.