In return, McClure and her boyfriend, Mike D'Amico, took to GoFundMe, asking givers to help them raise $10,000 toward rent, a auto, and a few months of basic living expenses for Bobbitt.
The three are expected to face charges that include conspiracy and theft by deception, a source familiar with the case told NBC Philadelphia, adding that D'Amico and McClure surrendered to authorities on Wednesday in Burlington County, where the couple live.
But Bobbitt became suspicious and concluded the couple were dipping into the piggy bank.
Shortly after the GoFundMe page was established for Bobbitt, McClure texted her friend about how the generous tale was "completely made up", according to The Associated Press.
Burlington County prosecutors outlined the allegations against Mark D'Amico, Katelyn McClure and Johnny Bobbitt on Thursday.
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Thursday's charges offer some clarity following months of legal skirmishes between the couple and Bobbitt. McClure's story went viral, bringing in donations from more than 14,000 people who were touched by his kind gesture.
The couple denied the accusation, saying that they did not give Bobbitt all the money because they feared he would turn back to drugs and spend it all.
Authorities said they believe the entire story was a ruse, concocted by McClure, D'Amico and Bobbitt as a get-rich-quick scheme. In order to keep up the charade, the complaint says they prevented donors from learning information that would "affect their judgement" about the GoFundMe campaign, and failed to "correct their story".
D'Amico and McClure were processed and released late Wednesday, while Bobbitt is awaiting extradition to New Jersey. "That's how I got the money to start with - from other people".
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A homeless veteran and New Jersey couple who raised $400,000 for him have all been charged after making up a false story to deceive donors, prosecutors announced Thursday.
In a statement, a spokesman for the crowdfunding site confirmed donors will receive a refund. "We are fully cooperating and assisting law enforcement officials to recover every dollar withdrawn by Ms. McClure and Mr. D'Amico".
In August, Bobbitt's lawyers sued the couple for fraud, claiming that the funds McClure and D'Amico raised were never used as promised.
The couple's lawyer had no comment, nor did Bobbitt's. Chris Fallon, Bobbitt's attorney, earlier said he had gotten about $75,000 of the cash.
Investigators have been poring over the case since September.
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