Mom-strosity! Cops say PTA treasurer stole from school

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The former treasurer for PS 29’s parent association is facing more than just a call to the principal’s office after she allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from the group last fall.

Cops said on Monday that 43-year-old Providence Hogan wrote two unaccounted checks worth a total of $5,500 in the PTA’s budget of the Cobble Hill school late last year — but that sum could be the tip of Hogan’s thieving iceberg, as cops have confirmed other alleged thefts.

About 100 parents stormed the Henry Street building on Monday night, demanding to know how much of their hard-earned bake sale cash had been pilfered. But PTA officials — citing an ongoing investigation — gave little information except the new treasurer found a “gap” in the group’s tax return this semester.

“I’m disappoint­ed,” said Dominik Balsamo, who regularly picks his grandkids up from kindergarten. “You trust in someone and they take the money you put toward your kid’s future.”

Hogan is a licensed childbirth assistant at her shop, Providence Day Spa on Atlantic Avenue and Smith Street. She had worked as treasurer for the parent group for at least three years, and at some point allegedly wrote at least two checks to herself — though cops said that they’re poring over receipts to see exactly how much Hogan swiped.

Cops also noted that reports of the group losing up to $100,000, first reported in the Daily News, are “wildly and completely inaccurate.”

The newspaper also reported that Hogan spent the money on “fertility treatments” — possibly at her own business.

It’s unclear how Hogan allegedly pulled it off, but it’s certain that the parents oversaw — or failed to oversee — Hogan’s actions and the group’s budget, which is not subject to mandatory city audits. Parents said on Monday that they would form an audit committee soon.

“This is a sad day for us,” said PS 29 Principal Melanie Woods. “In 10 years of seen this community built on trust and relationships. This is a tough time we’re going through, but we have to get out of it together.”

Hogan has not been arrested while cops continue gathering evidence. Some teachers at the meeting on Monday said through tears that they don’t know yet how to deal with Hogan’s young daughter, who didn’t come to school this week.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Journalism 101: You don't mention whether the fertility treatments worked. If so, maybe she can sell the baby on the blackmarket to pay back the PTA.
Feb. 1, 2011, 11 am
Forensic Accountant from Park Slope says:
Internal Controls over $$$ 101 - Never have the same person who makes the deposits open up the bank statements and reconcile the cash accounts.
Feb. 1, 2011, 4:34 pm
kathleen from park slope says:
I know Providence and I do not believe she would cheat an organization that she has worked hard to support, and the school her daughter attends.

I bet a plausible explanation will be forthcoming.
Feb. 1, 2011, 5:22 pm
jj from brooklyn says:
i also hope there is a plausible explanation. providence is good people.
Feb. 1, 2011, 8:10 pm
Sindia from Cobble Hill says:
I don't know Providence and but it sounds like a desperate act may have occurred for desperate reasons... Always remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. In any case- there is one person who should not suffer from any actions and that is this person's child. I hope the teachers and classmates remember that if this child returns to school...
Feb. 1, 2011, 11:30 pm
jill from carroll gardens says:
i believe what happened at PS 29 is bound to happen at other brownstone belt schools because creative types and progressives which are relocating in the area in droves are so recalcitrant when it comes to sound financial recordkeeping. I've been a part of several area ptas and not-for profits that have refused to produce annual financial report because they can't get a parent volunteer for such a boring and tedious task and they view hiring a professional bookkeeper as unnecessary overhead.
Feb. 2, 2011, 11:03 am
anita from cobble hill says:
@kathleen: she admitted to taking the money.

i also know have know Prov for years, and hell, you just never know about people sometimes. What i'm not believing is the "fertility treatment" story. I suspect it's more likely she is trying to keep her business afloat in a oversaturated market and an ailing economy.
Feb. 2, 2011, 10:16 pm
spawork from brooklyn says:

Providence has been desperately trying to get pregnant for a couple of years now. Ask any of her employees.
Feb. 3, 2011, 1:14 pm
Sam from Bk says:
What a dirtbag. How do you sleep at night doing something like that. Greedy ——.
Feb. 4, 2011, 6:29 pm

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