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In return, McClure and her boyfriend, Mike D'Amico, took to GoFundMe, asking givers to help them raise $10,000 toward rent, a vehicle, and a few months of basic living expenses for Bobbitt.

The trio was charged with theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception, according to a statement of probable cause from the prosecutor's office.

In recent months, Bobbitt and his attorneys had accused the couple of mismanaging a large portion of the donations.

"Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn't repay him at that moment because I didn't have any cash, but I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks", McClure wrote in her post. McClure said she ran out of gas in Philadelphia when she encountered Bobbitt, who gave her his final $20 so she could fill the tank of her vehicle.

Johnny Bobbitt (left) stands with his would-be benefactors Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico at the petrol station where the good deed was said to have happened.

That's because prosecutors accuse Bobbitt of having participated in the scheme with the couple from day one.

Less than an hour after the couple's "Pay It Forward" campaign went live on GoFundMe, McClure texted a friend, copping to the whole ruse. Kate McClure, a New Jersey woman, ran out of gas on an interstate ramp outside of Philadelphia.

Bobbitt was arrested Wednesday night by the Philadelphia Police Department on charges of being a fugitive from justice, according to Philadelphia police.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina speaks during a news conference in Mt. Holly, N.J., on Thursday.

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D'Amico and McClure surrendered Wednesday night and were released pending a court date, Coffina said. "I had to make something up to make people feel bad ..."

A homeless man and a New Jersey couple may face charges in connection with allegations that they defrauded donors out of more than $400,000.

Coffina said the money donated to the GoFundMe campaign will be refunded to people who saw the story and contributed.

McClure said that in an attempt to thank Bobbitt for his help, she set up the fundraising page, which brought in more than $400,000 and landed them in the national news.

In September, GoFundMe promised Bobbitt that he would receive the rest of the money owed to him.

It is not clear what happened to the money, though Bobbitt's lawyer has said it is all gone. He later filed a lawsuit against McClure and D'Amico.

Lawyers representing the three have issued no comment.

An investigation into the case was launched back in September.


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