Charity fraud suspect faces shoplifting charge
BARNSTABLE, Mass. -- A Barnstable woman already charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the charitable organization she founded to help families struck by tragedy is now also facing a shoplifting charge.
Plymouth police say Gina Clark was accused of stealing clothes from a Kohl's department store last week. She pleaded not guilty and was released on $500 bail.
Clark is currently free without bail after pleading not guilty in May to multiple larceny and embezzlement charges in connection the defunct charity, Touched by Angels. Prosecutors say she held fundraisers that raised thousands of dollars but kept most of the money for herself.
Her lawyer tells the Cape Cod Times that the shoplifting charge is a misunderstanding. The lawyer says Clark just forgot about clothing she had put under her shopping cart.
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