Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the homeless man who admitted helping a New Jersey couple run a GoFundMe scam that pulled in more than $400,000, was sentenced to 5-years probation on Friday. Bobbitt Jr. won’t go free just yet. Last month he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in federal court. He has not yet been sentenced in the fed case.
NBC News (@NBCnews) reported, Bobbitt’s guilty plea stems from a plan concocted by a New Jersey couple back in 2017. In November of that year, Kate McClure and her then boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, created a GoFundMe account they said would help a homeless man, after he allegedly gave McClure the last $20 he had so she could get gas, after her car had allegedly broken down on the highway and left her stranded. Prosecutors say that was when the couple recruited Bobbitt, who actually was homeless at the time, to play the homeless hero who gave McClure the last $20 he had to his name, so she could make it home safely. The story of generosity tugged at the heartstrings of the general public. In just a couple of weeks the GoFundMe campaign had raised over $400,000. Things were all good until Bobbitt decided to file a lawsuit against the couple claiming that he’d never received any of the money, and that the couple were using the funds as their personal piggy bank to finance a life of luxury and luxurious trips around the world. The couple didn’t take the claims lying down. They made some claims of their own. Saying Bobbitt was a strung out drug addict who’d basically smoked/shot up all of the money they gave him. They claimed to be holding the rest of the money for him until he cleaned himself up. Because the feud and the case was so highly publicized, the law decided to take a peek at the case. That’s when the couple’s scam was discovered.
McClure got hit with a conspiracy to commit wire fraud charge by the feds. She pleaded guilty and is currently staring down the barrel of a 20-year prison bid when she goes back for sentencing. She’s also allegedly about to get hit by the state with a theft and conspiracy charge. Those charges have not officially been filed yet though. D’Amico made out a little better than his ex-girlfriend. He escaped a fed charge. The feds decided not to charge him. But he does have a theft and conspiracy charge in the state pending. D’Amico has not pleaded guilty to the charges. As of now, he’s going to fight it. He has publicly denied any wrongdoing from the start.
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
New Jersey are you ready? The day has finally arrived when Jersey residents will get to live like Las Vegas residents. Well, at least in the way of legal sports gambling at area casinos.
Action News On 6 ABC (@6abc) reports, the Borgata Hotel & Casino will begin taking sports bets at 11am on Thursday. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is scheduled to place the state’s first sports bet 30 minutes earlier on Thursday morning at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport.
Murphy signed the bill on Monday. Final regulations are expected to come from state regulators sometime on Wednesday.
Many other casinos in New Jersey have yet to announce a date when they will begin taking sports bets, but I’m guessing most or all will be up and running before football season begins. Sports gambling is the money-maker Jersey casinos have been hoping and waiting for ever since neighboring states began opening casinos of their own. There was a time when Jersey was the only place most Philly, New York, and Delaware residents went to gamble. Those days are long gone. Even some New Jersey residents would rather take the short trip across the Ben Franklin Bridge and hit up Philly’s Sugarhouse Casino than drive all the way to AC. Every neighboring state has multiple casinos now. Atlantic City will probably never be the booming gambling hub that it once was in its glory days of the 80’s and 90’s, but casino owners are hoping that sports gambling will give casino revenue a much needed boost. If anything can give the economy a boost, I believe sports gambling can. Revenue from football season should tell the story for most.
Looks like you won’t have to travel all the way to Las Vegas if you’re looking to get in on a little sports betting action. The U.S. Supreme Court has just made sure of that today, when they voted to allow other states to get in on the bookmaking action and take in their cut of the huge profits from sports betting.
NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of striking down a federal law that required stated to ban gambling on the outcome of sporting events. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was considered highly unusual by most people. The act did not ban sports gambling nationwide as a matter of federal law, but it said that states were not allowed to permit it. Nevada was grandfathered in when the law was passed in 1992.
States across the country are reportedly preparing to cash in on the Supreme Court’s decision immediately. None more-so than New Jersey, whose former Governor Chris Christie had long challenged the gambling ban. Christie argued that it violated the 10th amendment, which the Supreme Court has said prohibits federal laws that compel states to carry out dictates. Christie argued that the gambling law commandeered the states by forcing them to prohibit sports wagering. Well, Christie and New Jersey’s residents won’t have to worry about that pesky law anymore. The Supreme court’s ruling could not have come at a better time for New Jersey. With multiple casinos opening up in Philadelphia, New York, and Delaware, New Jersey’s Atlantic City casinos has lost at least 75% of their annual revenue from gambling profits over the last 10 years or so. Sports betting just may give New Jersey’s casinos a b12 shot in the arm that the state desperately needs right now.
This is former Commissioner of the NY/NJ Port Authority, Caren Z. Turner. Ms. Turner didn’t like the fact that her child and child’s friend were pulled over and cited for speeding by the police. So, she decided to let the police know who she was, who she knew, and what she could have done to them for having the audacity to site her child for speeding. Ms. Turner also let the police know that they were stupid. She was not calm about doing so either. From way over here, watching the video, I felt that the lives and safety of these two officers were in direct danger. Why is it that officers at a Waffle House in Alabama felt that their safety was so threatened by one woman, but these officers clearly did not? Ms. Turner was not even issued a citation for verbal intimidation of a peace officer. The young woman in Alabama was roughly taken into custody. Can you guess why it was that two women were treated in such a completely different manner???
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