A Cape Cod charity that’s supposed to help families deal with tragedies will have to stop raising money while the Attorney General’s office probes the charity’s finances, the AG’s office said today.
The AG’s announcement came just hours after families and former employees protested outside the office of Touched by Angels. The protestors say they can’t believe the charity is still in business and they want the AG to take action. FOX Undercover first reported the controversy over the charity in April.
’We don't want anyone else to get hurt. And (Touched by Angels president) Gina Clark is out there saying she's still running. She's still helping families. And if she's helping them like she did to our family and to others, we need to stop her,’ said protestor Bobbi Finn.
David Morrissey turned to the charity after his 29-year-old son Kris died in July 2008. He says for weeks the charity collected money at tables set up at grocery stores and held a benefit for his son. But the family only received $138.
’’We promise you we'll do this. We'll help you with the funeral bill. We'll help you with the gravestone.’ I still don't have the gravestone. I got $138,’ Morrissey said.
Morrissey says he’s disgusted that Touched by Angels is still open.
’They should go to jail. They should be prosecuted and shut down immediately,’ he said.
Clark was not at her office during the protest. But earlier this year she told FOX Undercover that money collected at grocery stores was never intended for the families. She says it went to operating expenses for the charity.
’Did you steal money from any of these families?’ asked FOX Undercover reporter Mike Beaudet.
’Absolutely not,’ Clark replied.
Clark says she doesn't pay herself a salary, making protesters more suspicious of her lifestyle. She lives in a Marstons Mills home purchased for $710,000and drives a Mercedes Benz SUV. Her husband is a firefighter who makes about $50,000 a year.
’The truth will prevail, and if I was doing anything wrong, I would be closed. I'd be arrested. I haven't done anything,’ Clark said.
But protestor Rebecca Roche said, ’She can say what she wants. But actions speak louder than words and I think her actions have spoken a lot louder than her words have spoken.’
Clark did not return phone calls from FOX Undercover.
The Cape and Islands District Attorney’s office says its criminal case is on hold while the AG conducts its investigation. A statement from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said the office is actively investigating complaints against Touched by Angels.