Special to Cape Cod Court Reports: Touched by Angels founder arraigned on shoplifting charges in Plymouth

Recent shoplifting charge may result in probation revocation

Editor's note: Each weekday, CapeCodToday.com and our sponsors bring you the court reports from the Orleans, Barnstable, Falmouth and Wareham District Courts. Our sister site, PlymouthDailyNews.com provides readers with court reports from the Wareham and Plymouth Daily Courts. This week we reported that Gina Clark, founder of the now defunct Touched by Angels organization, was arraigned in Plymouth District Court on shoplifting charges. The arraignment notice from PlymouthDailyNews.com is below.

"That was not my cart, and I didn’t know how the items got in there." - Gina Clark

CLARK, Gina Marie, 40, 31 Acadia Dr., Marstons Mills; from an arrest by Plymouth police on July 13, Clark was arraigned on a charge of shoplifting, over $100, by asportation.  According to the police report, Plymouth police were dispatched to Kohl’s on a report of a customer leaving the store without paying for several items. According to the police report, a Kohl’s loss prevention officer informed the police that he observed a white female come into the store by herself, later identified as Gina Clark, and place $1093.89 worth of merchandise into her Kohl’s cart. The loss prevention officer stated that at one point, Clark put some of the items into a light colored carrying bag, placing this bag over more items at the bottom of the cart, then covering the light colored bag with a Kohl’s mesh black bag, concealing everything at the bottom of the cart. At that time, according to the loss prevention officer, Clark placed another $190.09 worth of merchandise into the cart on top of the concealed items and proceeded to the cash register. Clark allegedly purchased the $190.09 items and left the store. As Clark reached her vehicle, the loss prevention officer identified himself and escorted Clark back into the store. The concealed items were lingerie, active wear, shirts, shorts, swim wear, dresses, sunglasses and jewelry. Clark was placed under arrest at the scene. According to the arresting officer, on the ride to the police station, Clark allegedly stated, "that was not my cart, and I didn’t know how the items got in there." Clark, currently on probation in Plymouth District Court from a 2010 assault conviction, may face a probation revocation hearing as a result of the new charge. Readers also may recall that Clark, the former self-described founder/CEO of the Marstons Mills based charity “Touched By Angels” plead not guilty in Barnstable Superior Court back in March on a 32 count indictment that included several charges of larceny over $250, gross fraud, setting up a lottery scheme, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay overtime, and misclassification of independent contractor.  Touched by Angels was organized to provide financial assistance for families who had lost loved ones or were dealing with serious medical situations, but prosecutors allege that Clark stole tens of thousands of dollars in donations intended for those distressed families. The new Plymouth District Court charge of shoplifting carries a penalty of not more than 2 ½ years house of correction, or a fine of not more than $1000, or both.

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