Yesterday, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes indicted a scheming PTA treasurer who embezzled $100,000 from a Cobble Hill elementary school that was very popular with parents in the upscale neighborhood.
Providence Hogan served as PTA treasurer at P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill from 2006 until last year. The Brooklyn DA says that an investigation revealed that $100,000 was missing from the school’s bank account, and that Hogan had written out large checks to herself. She used the checks to pay for personal expenses including the rent on her apartment and for her business – the fancy Providence Day Spa – and also for fertility treatments.
Prosecutors say that when the PTA confronted Hogan, she admitted her scheme, and that she said she needed to “keep her family living in the lifestyle they were accustomed to.”
P.S. 29, according to school rating websites, is a public school that parents fight to get their kids into.
If convicted, Hogan faces up to 15 years in prison for grand larceny.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 30, 2011