PTA Mother Arrested for Embezzling Money from Brooklyn School
Brooklyn resident Providence Hogan has been accused of stealing nearly $100,000 dollars from PS 29 in Cobble Hill. Hogan was the former treasurer of the PS 29 Parent Teacher Association, and used school events to embezzle funds for her personal use. She made three major withdrawals from the Brooklyn school’s account between May of 2008 and September of 2010. According to The Brooklyn Paper, Hogan used the ill-gotten funds to pay rent, support her spa business and for fertility treatments.
The former treasurer was found out when the PTA discovered a discrepancy in its tax returns. Hogan used opportunities like charter bus rentals and field trips as excuses to cut herself large checks, the memo lines always reflected real school events. She surrendered herself to the 76th Precinct yesterday morning, and has been released on $15,000 bail. Prosecutors had initially asked for $100,000 bail, the amount Hogan is accused of stealing.
The event has made her a local outcast, and some are worried that she is a flight risk. “[Hogan] has no significant connections to her community,” says Assistant District Attorney Kevin James. “Her husband is unemployed, her business is failing and whatever community ties she had, she cut them with her actions.” James further describes her theft as an act of desperation.
Photo via CobbleHillBlog.com.
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