Details Emerge That Homeless Veteran Good Deed An 'Elaborate Scam'

The couple who raised over $US400,000 for a homeless veteran have been slapped with criminal charges after their fundraising efforts now appear to be a money-making scam.

Kate McClure, 28, and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, 39, from New Jersey in the US have been charged with conspiracy and theft by deception according to American News outlet ABC.

Their 'homeless veteran' friend Johnny Bobbitt, 35, was also arrested on Wednesday in connection to the case.

The Burlington County Prosecutors Office said the heartwarming story of a couple that raised $US400,000 ($AUD549,661) for a homeless war veteran appears to be an elaborate scam.

The trio are accused of deceiving people to donate money to help Bobbitt by preventing donors from accessing information that would affect their judgement about contributing to the fundraising effort.

McClure and Bobbitt. Source: GoFundMe

The 'Good Samaritan' story gained world wide media attention. In various media appearances McClure claimed she was driving to meet a friend at about midnight one evening in September 2017 when her car ran out of petrol. She said Bobbitt emerged from his sleeping place under a nearby overpass and spent his last $20 to help her fill up.

In a move to repay Bobbitt, McClure and D'Amico set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the homeless man.

It's not clear how much of the story is true.

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In August 2018, Bobbitt filed a lawsuit against the couple after he alleged they took over half the money raised for themselves, but McClure and D'Amico have since denied the allegation.

Just a month later, police launched a criminal investigation into the missing funds and raided the couple's home where they seized a BMW car and other belongings.

Featured Image: GoFundMe

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