Man accused in GoFundMe scam apprehended in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A homeless veteran charged with engaging in a GoFundMe scheme has been apprehended in Philadelphia.
Johnny Bobbitt was due in a New Jersey court Tuesday to face charges that he violated court-ordered conditions that allowed for his release from jail while awaiting trial, but failed to appear. A warrant was then issued for his arrest.
Bobbitt was apprehended by Philadelphia police around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Prosecutors say the 35-year-old conspired with Katelyn McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D'Amico to concoct a story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 for gas. Bobbit and the New Jersey couple raised $400,000, which authorities say was spent on luxury items and casino trips.
GoFundMe says it has refunded everyone who contributed to the campaign.
Bobbitt will now be extradited to New Jersey.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.