If he fails in drug treatment or fails to live up to his plea deal in any way, he will spend five years in jail instead of probation.
Bobbitt pleaded guilty a month prior to a charge of conspiracy to commit theft by deception. He admitted he had a role in the 2017 GoFundMe scam.
Along with South Jersey couple Katelyn McClure and Mark D'Amico, authorities say the three spread a heartwarming tale that went viral, in which McClure ran out of gas on an I-95 ramp in Philly. The trio said Bobbitt, who said he was a homeless veteran, gave her all the money he had in his pocket: $20.
McClure and Bobbitt even shared the story on national TV.
Their plan was revealed, however, when Bobbitt claimed he wasn't getting all of the money raised through GoFundMe, and he sued the couple.
Investigators say McClure and D'Amico spent a lot of the money on gambling, vacations, cars and clothes. Bobbitt admitted he received $25,000 and spent it on a couple of pickup trucks and drugs.
GoFundMe said all the people who donated to the campaign got their money back.
Assistant County Prosecutor Andrew McDonald argued the true damage in this scheme is to charitable efforts, particularly online.
"We’ll never know, judge, or be able to quantify the number of people in the world, not just the United States, whose faith in this paying-it-forward campaign and this feel-good story, this false narrative, has forever shattered their confidence in ever donating to legitimate charitable causes in the future," he said.
Judge Christopher Garrenger cautioned Bobbitt that the deal is "an opportunity that you should take advantage of," given the prison alternative.
In a statement, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina added:
While Bobbitt and McClure pleaded guilty to separate federal charges stemming from this case, D'Amico maintains his innocence. The case against the couple is still open.