PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A judge has ordered a New Jersey couple to hand over money they raised for a homeless man. The couple originally began a GoFundMe to help Johnny Bobbit, a homeless man, after he shared his last $20 to help Katie McClure, who was stranded in Philadelphia.West Side Teens Get Some Maritime Experience Out In Lake Michigan On Boats, Thanks To Community Leader Rev. Walter Jones
McClure had gotten stranded on I-95 in Kensington when Bobbit came to the rescue despite struggling himself. To thank him, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, launched a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $400,000.
However, in a lawsuit filed by Bobbitt, he accused the couple of mismanaging a large portion of those donations.
On Thursday, a judge granted a temporary restraining order to force McClure and her boyfriend to turn the money over to Bobbit through their lawyers. That money will be put into a trust.
Officials say the couple had mixed the GoFundMe money with their own. They also claimed to have given Bobbit $200,000, but his attorney says that he only received $75,000.READ MORE: Aldermen Urge Passage Of 'Anjanette Young Ordinance' Seeking Sweeping Changes To CPD Search Warrant Procedures; 'We Have An Obligation To Change Policy'
“I’ll be completely surprised if they spent $200,000 on Johnny Bobbitt,” said Chris Fallon, the attorney for the homeless man.
The judge has frozen the money and it will essentially be in limbo in a trust until the case is sorted out.
When the scandal broke, the couple said they were worried about giving Bobbitt the money because he might use it to buy drugs.MORE NEWS: Woman Dead After Dragging Officer With Car Before Crashing Into Business In Dolton; Shots Fired By Police
In ten days, the couple is expected to give an account of exactly how the money was spent.