Touched by Angels founder Gina Clark pleaded not guilty in Barnstable Superior Court Thursday morning to a long list of charges that include larceny and fraud.
Clark is accused of stealing money from people she was supposed to helping with her Cape Cod charity that raised money for people dealing with tragedies.
According to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s statement of the case, “Gina Clark manipulated the families she offered to help by gaining their sympathy and trust, and by making intentionally vague, misleading, and deceptive representations to them and to donors about how funds raised would be allocated..."
Natalie Duarte says Clark manipulated her family after her 16 year old granddaughter Crystal Manchuk was hit and killed by a car in 2008.
“We feel like she stole from us, yes. But I’m not hurt because of the money. I'm hurt because of the lies,” said Duarte. “I mean how could that woman put her head on a pillow at night and sleep after she told us to our face that she held our granddaughter in her arms as she was dying and it was a lie.”
Clark did not say anything outside court, however her attorney Seth Roman did address reporters.
“Gina is not going to be answering any questions. All I can say is my client Gina Clark did not steal any money from these families. My client did not steal any money from Touched by Angels, “ said Roman. “She's innocent of these charges. This is a witchhunt pure and simple. She will be exonerated.”
The judge released Clark with conditions.
She has to stay away from witnesses and she can't raise money for charity.
Clark is facing more than a dozen larceny charges, each one carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison.
Clark is due back in court again this summer.