January 07, 2019
New legislation in New Jersey would impose mandatory jail time and require restitution from anyone convicted of conducting fraudulent using a crowdfunding site.
The bill, introduced by Republication Ron Dancer, comes in the wake of the story that grabbed national attention last year involving a New Jersey couple and a homeless man who allegedly duped GoFundMe donors of more than $400,0000.
Convicted fraudsters would face mandatory jail time and need to pay restitution under the proposed bill, the Associated Press reported.
In the case of Mark D'Amico and Katelyn McClure — the couple who allegedly tricked thousands into donating under the guise of getting homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt back on his feet — GoFundMe has refunded donations to all who contributed and the trio are all facing charges.
If convicted, each could spend up to 10 years in prison.