Homeless man at the center of $400K GoFundMe scandal arrested: Report

PHOTO: This photo taken Aug. 15, 2018, shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man who used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia.PlayDavid Swanson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, FILE
WATCH Homeless man at the center of $400K GoFundMe scandal arrested: Report

The homeless man at the center of a GoFundMe scandal that raised more than $400,000 in his name has been arrested in Philadelphia, according to reports.

Johnny Bobbitt, 34, who allegedly conspired with former couple Kate McClure, 28, and Mark D'Amico, 39, to create a heartwarming story that would inspire thousands of well wishers to donate money to their cause, was arrested Wednesday. A New Jersey judge issued a warrant for Bobbitt's arrest when he failed to attend a mandatory court appearance in Burlington County, New Jersey, on Tuesday, ABC New York station WABC reported.

The Burlington County prosecutor's office will begin extradition proceedings to bring Bobbitt to New Jersey, according to WABC.

PHOTO: This November 2018 combination of photos provided by the Burlington County Prosecutors office shows Johnny Bobbitt, from left, Katelyn McClure and Mark DAmico.Burlington County Prosecutors office/AP
This November 2018 combination of photos provided by the Burlington County Prosecutors office shows Johnny Bobbitt, from left, Katelyn McClure and Mark D'Amico.

McClure and D’Amico allegedly met Bobbitt at a Philadelphia casino in 2017, about a month before the ill-fated GoFundMe campaign was created in November of that year, claiming that Bobbitt gave his last $20 to McClure when she ran out of gas on a Philadelphia highway.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced in November that the story, intended to tug at the hearts and wallets of Americans, was "predicated on a lie."

PHOTO: This photo taken Aug. 15, 2018, shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man who used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia.David Swanson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, FILE
This photo taken Aug. 15, 2018, shows Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man who used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia.

Bobbitt, D'Amico and McClure were all charged with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception, according to prosecutors.

McClure's attorney told ABC News in November that she was duped as well, adding that McClure took part in the fabrication to help Bobbitt. D'Amico's attorney did not return requests for comment after the charges were filed.

ABC News could not immediately reach a representative for Bobbitt for comment about his latest arrest.

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