The Burlington County Office of the Public Defender, which is representing Bobbitt, declined to comment.
Bobbitt, who was due to appear in court following his failure to attend pretrial services for his pending fraud charges, was taken into custody around 10:45 a.m., according to Joel Bewley, spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey.
Bewley confirmed that his office requested Bobbitt’s arrest after he did not appear in court Tuesday.
“The paying-it-forward story that drove this fundraiser might seem too good to be true,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said then. “Unfortunately, it was. The entire campaign was predicated on a lie.”
After fees, the proceeds of the campaign netted about $367,000, all deposited into McClure’s accounts, Coffina said. Bobbitt received $75,000, and within months McClure and D’Amico had “squandered” their share to buy a car, high-end handbags and trips, Coffina said. They also used it at casinos, he said.
The three face charges of second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.
GoFundMe has since made refunds to thousands of people who donated, thinking they were giving to Bobbitt.
Doug Criss, Joe Sutton, Madeline Holcombe, Dakin Andone, and Olivia Kiely contributed to this report.