The lady often called the “stranded motorist” in an alleged GoFundMe rip-off has been suspended from her job with the state of New Jersey over fraud expenses, NJ.com reported on Wednesday.
Kate McClure, 28, was positioned on “suspension standing” from her receptionist job, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Division of Transportation mentioned. It’s unclear if she’s going to proceed to receives a commission.
State data present she started working for the state in 2014, incomes slightly over $43,000 per yr, the paper reported.
“I advised Kate this was inevitable as soon as the fees had been made public by the prosecutor,” her lawyer, James Gerrow, advised NJ.com. “Sadly, it’s commonplace working process for a governmental entity. But, it provides to the traumatizing impression this case has had on Kate.”
McClure and her former boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, 39, are charged with conspiracy and theft by deception for allegedly scamming round 14,000 GoFundMe donors out of greater than $400,000.
Authorities allege that the couple conspired with homeless Marine veteran Johnny Bobbitt to concoct an allegedly false, feel-good story about Bobbitt giving McClure, a “stranded motorist,” his final $20 when her automobile ran out of gasoline in Philadelphia final November.
McClure’s lawyer has mentioned she was duped by D’Amico, whereas his lawyer has denied such claims.
“I used to be arrange by Mr. D’Amico and Mr. Bobbitt,” McClure, who’s reportedly now not courting D’Amico, advised The New York Put up by her lawyer. “Mr. D’Amico knew that I used to be a really sort individual and that I used to be a bit naive. … Mr. D’Amico took benefit of that.”
Bobbitt, 35, additionally faces the identical conspiracy and theft by deception expenses, which carry jail time of as much as 5 to 10 years.
The Related Press contributed to this report.