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« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2015, 02:36:58 PM »

da heck does all that money go?Huh they dont have any overheard other than cost of goods sold for the cookies...WTF??

+ membership dues for the girls??.. holy crap!!

who the fark gets all that money? arent they non for profit?

WOW

"Non profit" is merely a tax status.  It has nothing to do with how much money an organization takes in or how many expenses they have.  Harvard is the largest non profit in the U.S. with an endowment in the billions; the NFL is a nonprofit with huge revenues... need I go on?
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« Reply #26 on: Today at 05:14:00 AM »

Have you ever donated to a gofundme account or a similar service?  Would you?  These accounts seem to be all the rage these days.  I never give this way and here is one reason: there is no guarantee that the money will reach the intended target and there is little assurance that the collection is nothing more than a scam.

I wrote the above three years ago and it is as true now as it was then.  Here is the latest example.

Homeless vet, couple allegedly made up story for GoFundMe scam
By Ben Feuerherd

The New Jersey couple who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in a viral charity campaign for a homeless man were allegedly working with the vagrant as part of an elaborate ruse, according to a new report.

Prosecutors believe that Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure conspired with homeless man Johnny Bobbitt to create their get-rich-quick scheme in 2017, NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate reported Wednesday.

The couple turned themselves in to authorities on Wednesday, but Bobbitt was still at large, the news station said.

According a source who spoke to the news outlet, which said it had a copy of a criminal complaint, all three are expected to face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for working together to create the ruse. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s office is expected to make an announcement in the case Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Prosecutors did not immediately return a call for comment, and reps for the couple and Bobbitt were not available.

McClure, 28, and D’Amico, 39, created a GoFundMe page in November 2017, claiming the homeless, drug addict Bobbitt spent his last $20 to fill up McClure’s empty gas tank after her car broke down on I-95 near Philadelphia.

The charity campaign exploded, raising tens of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting donors in a matter of days — and ultimately shooting up to more than $400,000.

“It has changed my entire outlook about people, my outlook about people has skyrocketed,” McClure said of the donations at the time.

Their plan began to unravel in August of this year, when Bobbit sued the couple, claiming they were withholding funds raised on the GoFundMe from him.

McClure and D’Amico, both of Florence Township, NJ, accused Bobbit of being on drugs and refused to pay him until he was clean.

In September, a lawyer for the couple announced that he expected they would both be indicted for their role in the scam — but it was not known that all three of them were suspected in the plot until Wednesday.


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