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GoFundMe campaign organizers sentenced for false pretenses scheme

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Burlington Township, New Jersey resident Katelyn McClure has been sentenced to three years in state prison for her role in a GoFundMe campaign that raised over $400,000 through false pretenses.

The campaign, which was created in November 2017 by McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D’Amico, claimed that homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt had given McClure his last $20 for gas and sought to raise $10,000 for Bobbitt to cover living expenses and housing. However, prosecutors say that the couple spent the majority of the funds on luxury items and vacations, according to the New York Times.

Both McClure and D’Amico have pleaded guilty in the case and are currently serving federal sentences. D’Amico has also been sentenced to five years in state prison. Bobbitt, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft by deception, received a sentence of probation and an order to pay restitution.

He has also been admitted into a treatment program for addiction instead of going to jail, but may face a sentence of five years in state prison if he fails to comply with the program’s requirements.

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