NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Brooklyn woman was accused of stealing big bucks from the PTA – money she was supposed to manage.
Providence Hogan, 43, was charged with embezzling $100,000. Authorities say the former PTA treasurer spent lavishly on herself and her family, including fertility treatments, reports CBS 2′s John Slattery.
Hogan was treasurer of the PTA at P.S. 29 on Henry Street from 2006 to 2010. An investigation revealed that $100,000 was missing from the organizations bank account, and the 22-count indictment charged that Hogan wrote several large checks to herself.
It’s also charged that Hogan used the funds for fertility treatments, to pay rent on her apartment, and to finance her business – a day spa on Atlantic Avenue.
Hogan allegedly told investigators she wanted to maintain the lifestyle to which her family had grown accustomed.
Her attorney, Andrew Rendeiro, had no comment.
Investigators say they were able to track down $82,000 of the money.
At the school, parents and those who live in the close-knit neighborhood were angry that someone would abuse the community’s trust.
“Take it from a public school where there’s no money anyway? I think it’s pretty appalling,” Cobble Hill resident Sarah Reynolds said.
“I think it’s obscene – this is money that a lot of people worked really hard for, to raise this money to develop the curriculum and so kids could take field trips and all that,” Vivian Manning-Schaffel, also of Cobble Hill, said. “How dare you? How dare you?”
The charges against Providence Hogan included grand larceny and falsifying business records. She was being held on $15,000 bail.