False flags and deception and orchestrated theater seem to be the world we live in now.
Remember the couple who supposedly ran a GoFundMe for a homeless veteran and raised more than $400,000? It was the feel-good story of helping a down on his luck Good Samaritan who allegedly gave his last $20 to help a stranger get home.
It turns out, the homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, was part of an elaborate scam with the couple to milk hard-working Americans out of their money. The fraud fell apart, and everyone was arrested and charged. Bobbitt pleaded guilty to commit theft by deception in state court of New Jersey.
The Judge in the case sentenced him to five years of probation which includes turning states evidence with his former partners and inpatient drug treatment. He faces five years in prison if he violates these conditions.
The story of Bobbitt, a homeless military veteran, giving Katelyn McClure $20 when she ran out of gas on a highway in Philadelphia “was designed to pull at the heartstrings of caring, trusting individuals,” Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew McDonnell said in court, adding that the three exhibited “deplorable behavior.”
Bobbitt, clad in an orange prison jumpsuit, declined to make a statement in court.
Prosecutors contend Bobbitt, McClure and McClure’s then-boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, made up the story in 2017 and even faked photos of themselves standing on the street at the scene of the purported exchange. Blow-ups of the photos were displayed in court Friday.
The trio gained widespread recognition, and more than 14,000 donors contributed through GoFundMe, ostensibly to help Bobbitt. But it was all a scam, Burlington County prosecutors said, intended to enrich the three co-conspirators. [Associated Press]
It’s disgusting when people defraud other people using the guise of charity because it hurts the credibility of honest, kind people who are genuinely in need.
There aren’t many homeless people out there that even have $20 to give to someone in the first place especially if they have a drug problem. Thought this was kind of sketchy in the beginning.
I remember a time when I was younger when I would pick up hitchhikers, give homeless people money and other such things to try and help people out. I don’t know if it’s me, the world, or both that have changed but I don’t think it’s worth the risk anymore. Too many folks take advantage.
This story has a parallel with the not-feel-good story involving Jussie Smollett. Both made up information to obtain something, and this veteran gets prison time, and Smollett is not held accountable for his hoax. Shouldn’t this homeless man get the same or is he the wrong color?
I only feel sorry for the hardworking and generous people who contributed to their GoFundme page, thinking they were doing the right thing only to find out later that they were funding the couple’s casino trips and new cars. That’s what bothers me.