The ring leader of several New Jersey grifters, Mark D'Amico, has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The story began when D'Amico and his then-girlfriend, Kate, launched a campaign to raise money for charity.

The couple was trying to raise money for Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless veteran who used his last $20 to buy gas for his car.

The couple made over $400,000 for the alleged roadside hero. The pair appeared on national TV.

There was a big problem with that. The legal troubles of the three people who cooked up the internet scheme are not over.


When it was discovered that the couple had only shared a small amount of their earnings with Bobbitt, the fraud began to come to light.

It doesn't scream "paying it forward"

The pair took most of the money and went on a shopping and gambling spree.

The couple turned themselves in after police raided their home.

All three of the swindlers have pleaded guilty. Five years of supervised release was given to Bobbitt after he was sentenced in 2019. She is due for her own sentencing in September and could face jail time.

Anyone who donated was given refunds.

A fraudster was sentenced to five years in prison for a homeless man scam.

The FBI is offering a huge reward for information leading to the conviction of the "Cryptoqueen", who is accused of stealing $4 billion.