After Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man with just $20 in his pocket, gave stranded motorist Kate McClure the money for gas last October, the woman and her boyfriend raised $400,000 to help him out. McClure and D'Amico made a decision to try to help him get back on his feet and set up the GoFundMe account that drew $403,000 and more than 14,000 donors.
The couple denies allegations of mismanagement, saying they were reluctant to give Bobbitt such a large sum of money out of fear he would buy drugs.
Mr Bobbitt's original Good Samaritan deed went viral a year ago when he gave his last $20 to Ms McClure after her vehicle ran out of petrol. It raised more than $400,000 in funds donated by more than 14,000 people.
Mr Bobbitt has now sued the couple, and a New Jersey judge has ordered that all of the remaining money be moved from the couple's account within 24-hours so a thorough accounting of what's been spent can take place by September 10.
The Inquirer reported that D'Amico spoke of expenses he and his girlfriend had incurred caring for Bobbitt, including time that they took off from work.
McClure and D'Amico did not attend the hearing, but the Florence Township couple were represented by attorney Ernest E. Badway.
Homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt has filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey couple who raised money for him on GoFundMe.
He told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the couple recently paid for a BMW and vacations to Las Vegas and Florida. But in the months that followed, the couple used the money to buy him a camper - in their own names - a TV, laptop and two cellphones, as well as a used SUV that has since broken down, according to local news reports.
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"He's homeless and penniless", Promislo said about Bobbitt.
"The feeling is indescribable and (it's) all thanks to the support and generosity that each and every one of you has shown", Bobbitt wrote on the GoFundMe page.
But D'Amico also insisted to the Inquirer that he won't give Bobbitt the money until he is sure the veteran is free of drugs, stating that he would rather "burn [the money] in front of him".
"From what I can see, the GoFundMe account raised $402,000 and GoFundMe charged a fee of approximately $30,000", Bobbitt's lawyer Chris Fallon told CNN on August 25. D'Amico said he was kicked out in June and went through $25,000 given to him in a week due to drug issues.
The relationship soured, and Bobbitt claimed in court that the money - almost $403,000 raised from about 14,000 online donors - never fully ended up in his possession.
The money that came to Bobbitt couldn't stop his addiction.
When he bought her the petrol, she didn't have money to repay him at the time, but sought him out days later to give him the money, and visited him a few more times to bring food and water.
Bobbitt's attorneys are working with him pro bono, at least on a "short term", Fallon said. And within 13 days, D'Amico said on "Megyn Kelly Today", Bobbitt had blown through it.