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Woman pleads guilty to GoFundMe scam involving homeless man

Woman pleads guilty to GoFundMe scam involving homeless man
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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - A New Jersey woman pleaded guilty to her role in concocting a feel-good tale about a homeless man rescuing her from the side of a highway and scamming 14,000 donors out of $400,000 in GoFundMe contributions.

Katelyn McClure pleaded guilty in state Superior Court Monday to second-degree theft by deception under a plea agreement.

Johnny Bobbitt stands in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing at Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., Friday, April 12, 2019. Bobbitt, the homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with a New Jersey couple in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000, was sentenced Friday to five years probation.  (The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool / Tim Tai)

Johnny Bobbitt sits with his attorneys, John Keesler, center, and Stephen P. Hunter, right, during his sentencing hearing at Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., Friday, April 12, 2019. Bobbitt, the homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with a New Jersey couple in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000, was sentenced Friday to five years probation.  (The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool / Tim Tai)

Johnny Bobbitt stands in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing at Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., Friday, April 12, 2019. Bobbitt, the homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with a New Jersey couple in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000, was sentenced Friday to five years probation.  (The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool / Tim Tai)

Johnny Bobbitt, center, is led away from his attorneys, John Keesler, second from right, and Stephen P. Hunter, following his sentencing hearing at Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., Friday, April 12, 2019. Bobbitt, the homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with a New Jersey couple in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000, was sentenced Friday to five years probation.  (The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool / Tim Tai)

In this March 8, 2019 file photo, Johnny Bobbitt, left, looks on as his attorney John Keesler and Assistant Prosecutor Andrew McDonnell, right, talk while appearing before Superior Court Judge Christopher Garrenger at the Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly, N.J. Bobbitt, who pleaded guilty to taking part in a $400,000 GoFundMe scam with a New Jersey couple, will face sentencing on Friday, April 12.  (The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP / Elizabeth Robertson)

This November 2018 file combination of photos provided by the Burlington County Prosecutors office shows Johnny Bobbitt, left, Katelyn McClure and Mark D Amico. Bobbitt, the homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with the New Jersey couple, McClure and D Amico, in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000, will face sentencing on Friday, April 12, 2019.  (AP, File / Burlington County Prosecutors Office)

Prosecutors say McClure will serve four years in state prison and must repay the $400,000 under the deal. She must also testify against her former boyfriend and co-defendant Mark D’Amico.

McClure’s plea comes after Johnny Bobbitt was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation for his role in the scheme.

Prosecutors say the trio fabricated the 2017 story of Bobbitt rescuing McClure from the side of a Philadelphia highway to enrich themselves.
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