New details about PS 29 ‘Mom-strocity’

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Looting the PTA at PS 29 was practically child’s play.

Authorities investigating the former Cobble Hill parent group treasurer accused of stealing $100,000 said on Wednesday that Providence Hogan used special school events as cover when she cut several big checks to herself — using the money to pay the rent on her apartment, her Atlantic Avenue spa business and fertility treatments.

DA Charles Hynes’s criminal indictment claims that Hogan, who owns the Providence Day Spa between Smith and Hoyt streets, made three major withdrawals from the Henry Street school’s PTA bank account between May 25, 2008 and Sept. 13, 2010 that ranged from more than $52,000 to $6,000.

Each time, the memo line on the withdrawal slip indicated that the pilfered cash would be spent on student activities such as trips to the Brooklyn–Queens Conservatory of Music and Club Getaway as well as charter bus rentals needed for these excursions.

Sources from Hynes’s office said that Hogan didn’t make the events up, but used them as an excuse to withdraw the funds, which she ultimately pocketed.

Hogan is facing 15 years in prison for siphoning more than $82,000 from the Cobble Hill school’s PTA coffers.

She surrendered at the 76th Precinct stationhouse on Wednesday morning and was released on $15,000 bail.

Prosecutors had asked for $100,000 bail — the same amount Hogan admitted to stealing from the PTA in February after the group discovered a gap its tax returns.

Assistant District Attorney Kevin James claimed Hogan stole the money out of desperation: when she took the funds, her business was struggling and her husband had just been fired.

But taking the money made her a neighborhood pariah — and thus a potential flight risk, he noted.

“[Hogan] has no significant connections to her community,” James said. “Her husband is unemployed, her business is failing and whatever community ties she had, she cut them with her actions.”

But defense attorney Andrew Rendeiro refuted James’s claims: Hogan’s husband Jack is a respected member of Brooklyn Heights’ Jewish community and volunteers at Congregation B’Nai Avraham on Remsen Street.

That temple’s leader, Rabbi Aaron Raskin was in court to show support. He was joined by Rabbi Samuel Weintraub from the Kane Street Synagogue.

The former PTA treasurer has also received more than a dozen letters and e-mails of love and encouragement since her arrest, Rendeiro said.

“These are not religious leaders or politicians, they’re from real residents who know and support her,” he explained.

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

Tobey from GS says:
Yeah right support a thief that took money away from our kids???? wow what a shame

Any chance PS29 get its money back?
March 31, 2011, 8:45 am
Concerned parent from Bedford Stuyvescent says:
How do you steal from children, the same children you should be helping?
March 31, 2011, 8:52 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
she should have spent a few of these bucks on hairplugs.
March 31, 2011, 11:15 am
M from Downtown Brooklyn says:
She stole from her employees as well and seemed to be embezzling from the spa. At the same time that she was stealing from her child's school, Providence was having expensive items delivered to the spa every other day-- all while bouncing our paychecks and "losing" staff's tips.
March 31, 2011, 11:42 am
Concerned Citizen from Cobble Hill says:
What kind of person methodically steals from her own child's school, and over 650 of her schoolmates, nearly one third of whom are eligible for free lunch? She stole from money raised from other parents' sweat equity. Their only goal? To provide equally for all kids in the school building. What she stole was precious, and one can only hope that she pay dearly -- and pay back. Expressions of support for someone who robbed pre-K through 5th grade kids of educational and enrichment opportunities? If true, how woefully misguided and uninformed. With $1.3 billion in NYS education cuts looming, this story is all the more despicable and heartbreaking.
March 31, 2011, 3:41 pm
Slim from Cobble Hill says:
Converted to Judiasm - you can have her back.
March 31, 2011, 3:57 pm
Parent from Carroll gardens says:
Fertility treatments for another child she
Obviously couldn't afford to have. Delusional
March 31, 2011, 4:26 pm
jj from brooklyn says:
Someone who stole should pay back, and pay a penalty. But she's still a human being who has friends. And in anyone's hour of despair, one would hope that friends would provide some comfort, which does not mean exoneration.
March 31, 2011, 4:26 pm
Concerned Citizen from Cobble Hill says:
Hour of despair? She did what she did over years -- not during an "hour of despair." Your solace and support should go to the school and to the volunteers whose trust, energy and hard work she deliberately and calculatedly abused. How about the kids? Please go to the district attorney's website for a rundown of what transpired during her "hour of despair". Let's hope you will now give 'comfort' by giving generously to the school that your 'friend' so systematically ripped off.
March 31, 2011, 5:27 pm
ariel from queens says:
How dare she ?....How does one steal from her own's child school system to take care of her personal issues....including treatments to achieve another pregnancy which she obviously cannot afford ! Shame on her :(
March 31, 2011, 6:41 pm
Jen in Brooklyn from Carroll Gardens says:
Isn't there a rule about requiring two signatures on a check for organizational officers? It's distressing that this is the kind of volunteer position that everyone is relieved someone else takes over, and to know that some basic adherence to good governance rules might have flagged this earlier.

I feel awful for her child at the school. This is so sad on so many levels - the shattered trust within the community, and the rotten feeling when you've been robbed. Ugh.
March 31, 2011, 7:05 pm
John from Carroll Gardens says:
Providence Hogan is an awful human being. I hope her business folds ASAP. I hope she truly reflects on what she did during her very lengthy prison term. She will be an old woman when she gets out. I hope she realizes she wasted her life, and destroyed her family. All for greed. Stealing from children. Her own child. There is a special place in hell for people like her and she knows it.
April 3, 2011, 2:10 pm

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