Homeless Man Charged in GoFundMe Scheme Pleads Guilty

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CAMDEN, N.J. -

A homeless man charged with engaging in a GoFundMe scheme has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in federal court.

Johnny Bobbitt entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Camden.

Bobbitt and co-defendants Mark D'Amico and Katelyn McClure face charges in Burlington County.

Prosecutors say Bobbitt conspired with McClure and her then-boyfriend D'Amico to concoct a story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 for gas when she was stranded along the highway.

Prosecutors say the feel-good tale that made international headlines in 2017 was predicated on a lie.

Bobbitt and the 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.

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