Last year, homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt went viral online after a New Jersey couple shared the story of how he used his last $20 to help buy gas for the woman’s car.
The couple, Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for him. They said it was the least they could do after his kind deed.
The campaign quickly garnered more than $400,000 in donations, which they promised would go towards giving Bobbitt a better life, Dearly previously reported.
Now, a little more than a year later, prosecutors are alleging that the three worked together to create a “fictitious story” and gather donations, NBC News reports.
A criminal complaint alleges that the three worked together with plans to divide the money raised.
They allegedly kept the public from knowing facts “that would affect their judgment about solicited contribution to that fundraising effort,” NBC10 reports.
The three will face charges including conspiracy and theft by deception.
McClure and D’Amico turned themselves in to authorities on Wednesday night, but Bobbitt’s status remains unclear.
Bobbitt had been feuding with the couple in recent months. In August, he filed a lawsuit against the couple allegedly that they mismanaged funds raised for him.
He claimed that they spent the money on a BMW and vacations, even though the funds were donated to him.
In September, a BMW, cash, and jewelry were seized from the couple’s home during a police raid. Charges weren’t filed against them at that time.
It’s unclear when authorities became aware that the fundraising effort may have been a scheme by all three.
As of now, the GoFundMe page for Bobbitt remains active.