Katelyn McClure, 32, was not present at her sentencing as she is already serving a one-year federal term in the case in a Connecticut prison.
The former New Jersey Department of Transportation worker will also be permanently barred from working as a public employee in the state.
In 2017, McClure and her then-boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, launched a GoFundMe campaign titled “Paying it Forward,” claiming that a homeless veteran, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., had spent his last $20 to help McClure fill up her gas tank.
The campaign defrauded more than 14,000 donors of $400,000 in less than one month.
The funds were transferred from GoFundMe to the couple’s accounts, and they spent most of the money on personal expenses over the next three months.
D’Amico, 43, pleaded guilty in December 2019 and was sentenced to five years in state prison, a term also running concurrently with an earlier federal term.
In addition, both he and McClure have been ordered to reimburse GoFundMe fully.
Bobbitt was sentenced to probationary federal and state terms.
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