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BURLINGTON COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) – A homeless veteran involved in an alleged GoFundMe scam that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars is being released from jail while he awaits trial but there are some conditions.
Just last Friday, prosecutors in the case filed a motion to detain Johnny Bobbitt Jr. without bail for his role in the alleged $400,000 GoFundMe scam. They said they were worried he could be a flight risk, but did a complete 180 in court on Friday.
Bobbitt, who’s accused of being part of a trio that concocted a good Samaritan story and scammed thousands of people out of more than $400,000, walked into a Burlington County courtroom Friday morning smiling.
Prosecutors announced they had reached an agreement with Bobbitt and his attorneys to let him out of jail with no bail.
Couple, Homeless Vet Arrested In GoFundMe Scam That Raised Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars, Prosecutor Says
Bobbitt, however, will have strict stipulations on the outside while he awaits trial.
He will be required to report to the court system once a week, required to maintain sobriety and go to the Narcotics Anonymous meeting three times a week.
He is not allowed to have contact with his two co-defendants — Katelyn McClure and Mark D’Amico — in this fraud and conspiracy case and cannot get arrested again for anything else.
“If you don’t comply with the terms of your release, what could happen is the prosecutors could file a motion to revoke your release. If that happens, we would have a hearing about that,” said the judge. “I want to encourage you to comply with those conditions because that is your best way for your own health and to resolve this case. I wish you the best of luck.”
Bobbitt is expected to be released from jail sometime Friday.
His attorneys were asked in court if the prosecutors change on bail in the last week could have anything to do with Bobbitt potentially testifying against his McClure and D’Amico.
His attorney had no comment.