Couple in Philadelphia learned the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. Being accused of mismanaging donations they raised from a gofundme account, the couple is being sued by the homeless man whom they had arranged to help.
The Back Story: According to the AP “A homeless man whose selfless act of using his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia got him worldwide attention is suing the couple who led a $400,000 fundraising campaign to help him.”
Johnny Bobbit a homeless man who spent much of his time sitting along a roadside with a sign, is the beneficiary of a good deal of money for a kind deed he performed when he met Katie McClure. Katie had run out of gas while driving down Interstate 95, while both scared and nervous, Mr. Bobbit approached her and told her to get back into her car and lock the doors. He then proceeded to use his last $20 to buy her gas and put the gasoline into her tank.
At the time, McClure didn’t have any money, however over the course of a few weeks, she gifted him with a jacket, hat, socks and a few dollars every time she saw him. However, McClure wanting to do more for her rescuer, she and her boyfriend Marc D’Amico set up a gofundme account for Bobbit. Hoping only to make $10,000, enough to pay for first and last months rent, and a reliable car so Bobbit could get back on his feet, the couple raised over $400,000.
Two trust funds and a bank account were being set up for him with the donated money, McClure said. One fund will give him the ability to collect a small salary each month, and the other will work as a retirement fund, which will be invested by a financial planner.
However, things went sour between McClure, D’Amico and Bobbit, and Bobbit is suing the couple claiming they have mis-managed the funds collected for him. Bobbit lawsuit is alleging the couple committed fraud and is using the money they collected for themselves. Bobbit’s lawyers want a judge to appoint someone to oversee the account.
Bobbit has two pro-bono laywers working on his case: According to one of his lawyers, Christopher C. Fallon, a request to account fully for the funds acquired by the gofund me account were ignored.