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.
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Soulja Boy was taken into custody and held without bail after a courtroom appearance on Thursday morning. Soulja Boy was already on probation from a weapons case back in 2014. A few months ago, Soulja caught another charge when the police raided his home and found some ammunition a few months ago. Soulja Boy was out on bail as he awaited trial for that case, until he was taken into custody yesterday.
TMZ (@tmz) reported, Soulja was taken into custody after a probation hearing in an L.A. courtroom. The judge determined that Soulja Boy had violated his probation in numerous ways. One was for not completing his court-ordered community service. The second was for conspiring to falsify evidence saying that he had completed it. And the third was for the ammunition they found during the raid, considering that once he was convicted for the weapons charge back in 2014, he was likely prohibited from owning a firearm or ammunition. I’m guessing that the judge just threw that last one in there for kicks. Soulja boy has not been convicted on the ammunition charge yet. That case is still pending. How can a judge say he violated probation for being in possession of ammunition, when he hasn’t even been convicted of it yet? Just because you’re charged with a crime, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to be convicted of that crime. That’s what trials are for. Anyway, I’m guessing the judge already knows this, and just threw that charge in there to make the violation look a little more justifiable. Soulja Boy is being held without bail. He has a hearing scheduled for April 30th, at which time I’m guessing he will be released. The judge likely wanted to sit him down for a few weeks to show him that court hearings are real….. I guess…. Who knows what goes on in a judge’s mind when they do things like this?
Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley is not backing down on her reasoning behind sentencing Meek Mill to 2-4 years in state prison behind violation of probation charges. Last week, Brinkley filed a 48-page judicial opinion with the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In the opinion piece, Brinkley outlined her reasoning for sentencing Meek to 2-4 years behind bars. NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) reports, in her filing, Brinkley wrote that the court had been lenient with Meek so that he could work on rehabilitation from opiod abuse, but he repeatedly “thumbed his nose” at those efforts.
“Instead of simply complying with the terms and conditions of his probation so he could finish out his sentence and continue to work, he (Meek) continued to disregard this court’s decision and did whatever he wanted to do.” Brinkley wrote. Brinkley also said that the 2-4 year prison sentence was “reasonable” and “appropriate, and necessary to “vindicate” and assert the court’s authority.
Brinkley’s judicial opinion to the courts comes in response to several legal challenges levied against the judge by Meek’s legal team, also the backlash of the public who allege Meek’s sentence was unfair and biased. Meek’s attorneys contend his sentence is a direct effect of Brinkley being vindictive toward the rapper. The lawyers also contend that Brinkley has made inappropriate contact with Meek over the course of the saga that has been going on for most of the last decade, including attempting to get Meek to sign with Brinkley’s personal friend Charlie Mac’s management team on more than one occasion. The Superior Court sent the case back to Brinkley’s court, and on Thursday, she ruled that Meek’s prison sentence will stand, and she will not recuse herself from the case. Brinkley also denied the claims of inappropriate dealing with Meek. She said the claims were false and without merit.