Woman pleads guilty to GoFundMe scam involving homeless man

2019-04-17 06:23
Kate McClure appears in court at Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, New Jersey. (Joe Lamberti, Camden Courier-Post via AP, Pool)

Kate McClure appears in court at Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, New Jersey. (Joe Lamberti, Camden Courier-Post via AP, Pool)

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A New Jersey woman has pleaded guilty to her role in concocting a feel-good tale about a homeless man rescuing her from the side of a highway in order to scam 14 000 donors out of $400 000 in GoFundMe contributions.

Katelyn McClure pleaded guilty in state Superior Court on Monday to second-degree theft by deception under a plea agreement.

Prosecutors say McClure will serve four years in state prison and must help repay the $400 000 under the deal. She must also testify against her former boyfriend and co-defendant Mark D'Amico.

McClure's plea comes after Johnny Bobbitt was sentenced on Friday to five years' probation for his role in the scheme.

Prosecutors say the trio fabricated the story of Bobbitt rescuing McClure from the side of a Philadelphia highway to enrich themselves.

D'Amico has denied wrongdoing.

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