GoFundMe Scammer Pleads Guilty in Burlington County
March 11, 2019
Johnny Bobbit plead guilty to Conspiracy to commit Second Degree Theft by Deception in Burlington County Superior Court Before Judge Christopher Garrenger. As you may remember, Mr. Bobbit gained national attention when he and two other individuals, Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico, were exposed for planting a false news story about a “Good Samaritan” in an effort to generate a windfall of donations. Mr. Bobbit’s guilty plea brings a close to a outlandish and deceitful ploy by these three individuals who were once national media darlings. With Mr. Bobbit’s second degree plea, he will entered into Drug Court here in Burlington County for five (5) years. Should Mr. Bobbit fail to comply with the conditions of Drug Court, he will be subject to a five (5) year term of incarceration in a New Jersey State Prison. Alternatively, Mr. Bobbit is still awaiting sentencing in his federal charges.
What Did The GoFundMe Scammer Plead Guilty To?
Before Judge Garrenger, Johnny Bobbitt plead guilty to conspiring to commit and continue the lie with McClure and D’Amico. However, in his plea, Mr. Bobbit stated that he had no role in creating the initial scheme, but instead became a participant after the scheme began. Mr. Bobbit set out his battle with drug addiction and homelessness in his plea.
What are the Penalties for Second Degree Theft by Deception in NJ?
As a second degree offense, theft by deception carries between five (5) and ten (10) years in a New Jersey State Prison. Additionally, there is a presumption of incarceration for any second degree offense in New Jersey. It should go without saying that a conviction for second degree theft would result in a criminal record.
Was Kate McClure Found Guilty?
Yes. Kate McClure entered a guilty plea to the federal charges. Specifically, she plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She is still awaiting sentencing and is expected to be sentenced to 27 to 33 months in a federal penitentiary.
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