PS 29’s ‘Mom-strocity’ to surrender today

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The former PTA treasurer at a Cobble Hill public school is facing 15 years in detention — the real kind — after being indicted this week for embezzling close to $100,000 from her school.

Providence Hogan, who kept the books for PS 29 on Henry Street between Baltic and Kane streets, stole the cash to “keep her family living in the lifestyle they were accustomed to,” DA Charles Hynes said on Tuesday, one day before Hogan was set to surrender to authorities.

But the money wasn’t just for her existing family; Hynes claims the 43-year-old mom wrote several large checks to herself between 2007 and 2008 for fertility treatments as well as to cover rent on her apartment and her business, the Providence Day Spa on Atlantic Avenue between Smith and Hoyt streets.

Hogan, who has a young daughter attending PS 29, covered her tracks by falsifying documents and business records, Hynes said. Parent association leaders didn’t realize that the money was missing until February, when they found a gap in the group’s tax returns. When they confronted her about the irregularities, Hogan admitted the theft, prosecutors say.

In all, investigators tracked $82,000 in rent payments, medical treatments and business expenses swiped from the PS 29 PTA treasury.

“We figure she made the rest out to cash and used it on everyday items,” said a source close to the DA’s office.

Parents remain stunned.

“I’m disappoint­ed,” said Dominick Balsamo, who has grandkids in the school. “You trust in someone and they take the money you put toward your kid’s future.”

The current parent association president and parent coordinator at PS 29 did not get back to us by late Tuesday. A call to Steve Flamhaft, Hogan’s attorney, wasn’t returned.

Hogan’s crimes aren’t stopping fundraising efforts at the school, which has embarked on a “coin harvest” to raise money for Japan earthquake relief efforts. The school expects to raise $6,500 — the same amount collected for Haiti earthquake victims last year.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John from GS says:
Hopefully, the school will get "their" money back !!??
March 30, 2011, 9:38 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
disgraceful...but it least it wasn't the Principal raiding the funds (for once!)
March 30, 2011, 10:15 am
Phil from P slope says:
No happy ending in this spa story.
March 30, 2011, 8:41 pm
Enrique from Brooklyn says:
Administrators should also be held accountable
$ 100 g Wow! That tells you that SLT is not even functioning properly! Who's the principal! Forrest Gump!
April 1, 2011, 9:22 am
CG Gal from Cobble Hill says:
Interesting that someone like the person above would seek to blame others without an accurate understanding of the extent to which business records were falsified. The school has an excellent, dedicated principal (truly one of the best in the entire city!), an engaged SLT, and has a dream level of support and involvement from parents. The real victims in this are the the former treasurer's daughter (imagine having a mom who systematically ripped off your own school while pretending to be a hard-working volunteer!), the daughter's schoolmates, and the volunteers who worked hard for the school in order to help provide academic and enrichment opportunities to all the kids. The school is in the top ranks of NYC elementary schools due to the efforts of many people. Don't condemn the rest of the barrel just because a bad apple turned up in it.
April 1, 2011, 5:47 pm
Cindy from Carroll Gardens says:
What an awful human being. I hope they throw the book at her. She already threw away her family, let her sit behind bars for 15 years to think about what she did.
April 3, 2011, 2:15 pm

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