Police make new arrest in GoFundMe scam

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NEW JERSEY (NBC NEWS) — The homeless veteran at the center of an alleged GoFundMe scam has been arrested.

Johnny Bobbitt, Jr. failed to show up for court Tuesday, so police went looking for him.

He and Philadelphia couple Mark D'Amico, 39, and Kate McClure, 28 are accused of scamming GoFundMe users out of $400,000.

In this Nov. 17, 2017 photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a CITGO station in Philadelphia. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

In November 2017, prosecutors said, D'Amico and McClure concocted a GoFundMe campaign in honor of Bobbitt as a way to deceive donors moved by Bobbitt's plight. The trio was allegedly motivated by a get-rich-quick scheme — one that turned into a cautionary tale for the internet age as unsuspecting benefactors were "hoodwinked."

All three are facing charges of theft.