A New Jersey guy who conspired along with his then-girlfriend to prepare dinner up a feel-good tale a few useful homeless guy after which used the lie to lift loads of 1000’s of bucks in donations on-line was once sentenced in federal courtroom Friday to greater than two years in jail.
Mark D’Amico will even need to serve 3 years probation as soon as he completes his 27-month time period. He additionally will have to pay restitution and go through playing, drug and psychological well being counseling.
Ahead of being sentenced, D’Amico advised US District Pass judgement on Noel Hillman that he was once a modified guy, dedicated to his circle of relatives.
”The individual that did the issues that led us right here now not exists,” D’Amico stated.
He had pleaded to blame earlier than Hillman in Camden in November to 1 rely of conspiracy to dedicate twine fraud. An indictment unsealed in January 2020 charged D’Amico with a complete of 16 counts of conspiracy, twine fraud and cash laundering.
He had already pleaded to blame to fees in state courtroom ultimate 12 months. His former female friend, Katelyn McClure, and homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt Jr. up to now pleaded to blame to state and federal fees. Bobbitt was once sentenced to 5 years’ probation on state fees in 2019. Each are scheduled to be sentenced at the federal fees this 12 months.
The trio made up a tale in past due 2017 about Bobbitt giving $20 to assist McClure when her automobile ran out of gasoline in Philadelphia, in keeping with prosecutors. D’Amico and McClure solicited donations via GoFundMe, purportedly to assist Bobbitt, and performed newspaper and tv interviews. Investigators stated D’Amico was once the plot’s ringleader.
They ultimately raised greater than $400,000 in donations over a few month, in keeping with investigators, who stated virtually no a part of the story was once true. The crowd had met close to a Philadelphia on line casino in October 2017 in a while earlier than they advised their tale, prosecutors stated.
Government started investigating after Bobbitt sued the couple, accusing them of now not giving him the cash. The federal legal criticism alleged all the cash raised within the marketing campaign was once spent by way of March 2018, with huge chunks spent by way of McClure and D’Amico on a leisure car, a BMW and journeys to casinos in Las Vegas and New Jersey.