Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the formerly homeless veteran charged in the $402,000 GoFundMe fraud case, has a new hearing date next month before the New Jersey Drug Court, a diversionary program that allows eligible people addicted to drugs to undergo intensive rehabilitation instead of criminal prosecution.
Bobbitt, who was recently arrested in Fishtown, was extradited to New Jersey on Monday and sent to the Burlington County Jail for violating the terms of his release. Superior Court Judge Mark Tarantino issued a warrant for Bobbitt’s arrest, saying he had failed to provide the court with information about his living arrangements and proof he was staying off drugs, among other things, after his release in December.
Bobbitt, 35, is now scheduled for a status hearing in Drug Court on Feb. 22 before Superior Court Judge Christopher J. Garrenger in Mount Holly.
Bobbitt and his codefendants, Katelyn McClure and Mark D’Amico, were charged with fraud, conspiracy, and theft by deception after they were accused of launching a bogus GoFundMe campaign designed to prey on the sympathies of donors who believed the money would be used to help Bobbitt get off the streets.
The trio are accused of fabricating a tale in November 2017 about how Bobbitt spent his last $20 to fetch gasoline for McClure when her car ran out of gas at night in the area where Bobbitt was panhandling. More than 14,000 donors around the world contributed to the cause, and GoFundMe has said it has refunded the money and is cooperating with authorities.
Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said McClure and D’Amico, formerly of Florence Township in Burlington County, squandered much of the money on gambling trips to casinos, vacations, designer handbags, and other items, while Bobbitt was given a camper to live in adjacent to their home and used some of the money for illegal drugs.