By Kathy Curran, WBZ-TV I-Team

BARNSTABLE (CBS) – Gina Clark’s daughter lashed out, swearing and hitting our microphone as the wings of the self-proclaimed angel are clipped when she’s charged with 32 counts for allegedly ripping off families across the Cape.

Clark stood before a judge in Barnstable Superior Court on Thursday and entered a not guilty plea.

WBZ-TV I-Team reporter Kathy Curran has details

Clark is the founder and president of the now defunct Touched by Angels, a charity first exposed by the I-Team for fraud and later indicted after an investigation by the Attorney General. People donated thousands to help the families whose loved ones had died or were ill but those families say they saw very little in return and accuse Gina Clark of profiting from their pain.

Natalie Duarte’s granddaughter Crystal was killed while crossing route 28 in Barnstable back in 2008. That’s when Gina Clark promised to raise money for this family in need. Duarte said, “Crystal was a beautiful girl, only 16 years old when she died.

Gina Clark lied to us and hurt us deeply.” For the victims’ families this case isn’t about the money, it’s about justice. Duarte said, “Did she steal from us? Yes but I’m hurt from the lies. How can she put her head on a pillow at night and sleep after she told us she held our granddaughter in her arms when she was dying and it was a lie.”

Seth Roman calls the prosecution against Clark a witch hunt. He said, “She’s going to be exonerated of these charges, she didn’t steal money from Touched By Angels and didn’t steal money from these families.”

Gina Clark was released on her own personal recognizance. A pre-trial hearing in the case is set for July.

Comments (7)
  1. John says:

    I live in Marstons Mills (where this supposed charity was located) and didn’t know what Touched By Angels did until the I-Team investigation. As a side note, the Touched By Angles office was located next to the Dunkin Donuts where I got my coffee in the morning and there was often a Cadillac Escalade or Ford Expedition parked outside with a “Touched By Angels” magnetic sign on it. I can see now see where they got the money to pay for those cars.

  2. emom says:

    How proud this ladies family must be about her taking money from greeving families,,, To take money and then LIE to them is so disgusting… whats that saying ,,, you reap what you sow….. Yeah she reaped a huge investigation and now she can sow her way to jail… I bet there will be more to this story…… just wait…..

  3. Jean says:

    Her daughter is such a charmer. Guess that apple didn’t fall from the tree.

  4. Cinque says:

    Nice family. One can only hope that nothing but bad news can come to these lowlifes in the future. I guess they appointed the daughter to be the spokesperson and she did a lovely job. She should get many propositions for dates after her exhibition outside court although most will come after 1 in the morning in the Combat Zone.

  5. casey says:

    I have never heard of anyone accused of stealing from a charity or taking bribes or money laundering that wasn’t found guilty Same old story, they get investigated, indicted, cry foul, behave badly, convicted and receive a ridiculously light sentence.Law enforcement always does their job but the courts never do.

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