Remember the GoFundMe scammers from 2017? They still face federal charges

The 2017 GoFundMe scam that polluted all of our headlines for months is still in court.

What started out as a beautiful vacation story about a homeless veteran helping a New Jersey couple ended with over $ 400,000 in fraudulently solicited donations that were wasted. The couple, Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure, allegedly conspired with veterinarian Johnny Bobbitt, at a Philadelphia casino in October 2017 to schedule the program.

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D’Amico, 40, who was the alleged ringleader, was charged Thursday with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy in U.S. District Court in Camden. The charges carry 30 years in prison and a fine of $ 500,000.

Among the details included in the criminal complaint prepared by the FBI, D’Amico and McClure allegedly used $ 11,828 collected through the GoFundMe campaign to purchase Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

The court document also transcribed text conversations between D’Amico and McClure, like this excerpt from a conversation from November 17, 2017:

McClure: I don’t trust you with any money at all and all of that needs to be factored in … Like I’m really freaking out right now, just to be honest.

D’Amico: OK I understand but I’m telling you it’s good … Trust me with that it was my whole idea I’m not going to do anything.

In May, D’Amico pleaded not guilty to half a dozen fraud and money laundering charges in state court. He also rejected a proposed plea deal that carried a five-year prison sentence.

McClure and Bobbitt both pleaded guilty to state and federal charges. McClure faces four years in state prison and must help pay off $ 400,000. She is awaiting federal conviction in November.

Bobbitt was sentenced in April to five years probation by state court and agreed to help pay off the stolen funds. He will appear in federal court next month.

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