September 06, 2018
Authorities executed a search warrant on the New Jersey home of Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico on Thursday morning in connection with a criminal investigation into the couple behind the viral GoFundMe campaign that raised $400,000 for a homeless veteran.
The once heartwarming story behind the fundraiser has gone awry in recent weeks, as reports swirl that McClure and D'Amico have allegedly squandered the funds on personal expenses such as travel, gambling, and a used BMW. The attorney for Johnny Bobbit, Jr., the man originally slated to receive the crowdfunded donations, learned Tuesday that any remaining funds are gone.
McClure and D'Amico's home in Florence Township, Burlington County, was searched, NJ.com reports, though no charges have been filed against the couple at this time. Jaqueline Promislo, an attorney on Bobbitt's legal team, said the search warrant was not in connection to Bobbitt's civil suit, noting it's beyond the authority of a civil case to issue a search warrant.
"We are just working on a discovery at this time," she said.
Footage from the police search shows a black BMW, owned by the couple, being towed away. Other footage reveals D'Amico hitting golf balls near the house. There also are reports of bags filled with items being loaded into an authority's car.
Mark D’Amico seen swinging golf club and playing fetch with dog outside Bordentown home where authorities executing search warrant in Gofundme case. pic.twitter.com/4JAQf6DvSy— Katherine Scott (@KScott6abc) September 6, 2018
BMW hauled away from Bordentown home where authorities executing search warrant. Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico accused of defrauding a homeless veteran of donations. pic.twitter.com/j6DANOmOUd— Katherine Scott (@KScott6abc) September 6, 2018
After the search, McClure left her home and drove away without speaking to reporters.
Kate McClure just got into car and left Bordentown home where authorities executed search warrant in GoFundMe case. She did not stop to talk to reporters, covered her face as she walked to her car. pic.twitter.com/mPnbeNgmiq— Katherine Scott (@KScott6abc) September 6, 2018
The couple failed to appear in court Wednesday and tried to invoke their 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination in an attempt to not disclose their financial records as part of Bobbitt's civil lawsuit. Superior Court Judge Paul Dow stopped the move by McClure and D'Amico and said that they must appear in court next week for a deposition on the whereabouts of the money.