A HOMELESS war veteran who helped a stranded motorist in Philadelphia said he is back on the streets and has no access to the money raised on his behalf.
Johnny Bobbitt gained worldwide attention when he used his last £15 to fill up the gas tank of stranded motorist Kate McClure in November 2017.
McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico started a GoFundMe campaign in return, promising that Bobbitt would have a home.
But Bobbitt has now told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he can’t use the £105,000 left out of the £310,000 that donors raised on GoFundMe, and he no longer has a camper or a car.
He also revealed he is back on drugs.
McClure said the couple did all they could to help Bobbitt.
But nine months on the couple have admitted to spending half the cash and are not letting him use the remaining funds.
And since the incident McClure and D’Amico have been on holidays Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
In an interview with the Inquirer last week, D’Amico said he controls the money and will start dispensing it when Bobbitt gets a job and stops using drugs.
“Giving him all that money, it’s never going to happen. I’ll burn it in front of him,” he said, adding that giving an “addict” the money would be like “giving him a loaded gun.”
Instead of the house they promised to buy him the couple bought him a camper van and put it on land owned by a relative.
They have since told him to leave saying he stole from them and blew the cash handouts they gave him on drugs.
The couple say they spent £155,000 on the camper, the hotel Bobbitt stayed in beforehand, an SUV, TV, laptop, two cell phones, £19,000 in cash which they claim he blew through and a £23,000 fee taken by GoFundMe.
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Bobbitt questions the couple’s motives and fears they may have squandered the money.
“I think it might have been good intentions in the beginning, but with that amount of money, I think it became greed.” Bobbitt said.
GoFundMe spokesman Bartlett Jackson said the company was investigating the disagreement.
He said: “When there is a dispute, we work with all parties involved to ensure funds go to the right place.
“We will work to ensure that Johnny receives the help he deserves and that the donors’ intentions are honoured.”