New jersey manCreating a pleasing story about a kind homeless man and using lies to solicit hundreds of thousands of dollars online was sentenced to more than two years in prison in federal court on Friday.
Mark D’Amico must be subject to three years of probation after completing his 27-month term. He also has to pay compensation and receive gambling, drug and mental health counseling.
Prior to being sentenced, Damiko told US District Judge Noel Hillman that he was a strange man and devoted to his family.
“No one has done what led us here anymore,” said D’Amico.
He pleaded guilty to one count of the conspiracy to commit a wire fraud in front of Hillman in Camden in November. The indictment, opened in January 2020, was charged by D’Amico with a total of 16 plots, wire fraud, and money laundering charges.
He had already pleaded guilty to being charged in state court last year. His ex-girlfriend Caitlin McClure and homeless veteran Johnny Bobbit Jr. were previously convicted of state and federal charges.BobbitIn 2019, there will be five years of probation on state charges. Both will be sentenced to federal charges this year.
According to prosecutors, the trio made a story in late 2017 that Bobbitt donated $ 20 to help McClure when his car ran out of gas in Philadelphia. D’Amico and McClure allegedly helped Bobbitt by soliciting donations through GoFundMe and conducted newspaper and television interviews. Investigators said Damiko was the mastermind of the plot.
They eventually raised over $ 400,000 in donations in about a month, saying that most of the story isn’t true, according to investigators. According to prosecutors, the group met in October 2017 just before talking about them near a Philadelphia casino.
After Bobbitt sued the couple, authorities began an investigation and accused him of not giving him money. Federal criminal charges alleged that all the money raised in the campaign had been spent by March 2018, with McClure and Damiko spending most of their trips to RV cars, BMW, Las Vegas and New Jersey casinos.
A man who started a Viral GoFundMe scam sentenced to 27 months in prison in collusion with his girlfriend and homeless man at the time
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