Wednesday, March 30, 2011

P.S. 29 Ex- PTA Treasurer Indicted for Stealing $100,000 for Fertility Treatments, Rent

 Providence Hogan, the owner of the Providence Day Spa on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, has been indicted and charged with embezzling roughly $100,000 from P.S. 29's PTA, according to Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, who announced the 22-count indictment Tuesday. P.S. 29 is in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, an investigation revealed that the money — raised by parents and students through countless fundraisers — went missing from the PTA’s bank account in 2007 through 2008.

She told investigators she used the money to pay the rent on her apartment and business, for fertility treatments, and to “keep her family living in the lifestyle they were accustomed to.”

The investigation began in January when the PTA discovered that Hogan wrote two unauthorized checks worth $5,500.

Parents at P.S. 29 invest much time and sweat equity in raising funds at P.S. 29, a great school in Cobble Hill. If you know live nearby you've no doubt been talked into magazine subscriptions, holiday shopping, movie benefits, wine tastings, book readings and other events. It's sad to think that someone might have taken these precious funds, used to replace money the state and city cut from the school budget over the past two years.

Below are some P.S. 29 events we've covered.

- Pies Up the Wazoo at P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
- LENNONYC -- P.S. 29 Benefit Preview Tonight at Cobble Hill Cinemas
- Help Cobble Hill's P.S. 29 Win an 'Imagination Playground'
- Beauteous Garden at Cobble Hill's P.S. 29

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Clay Boggess said...

It’s very sad to see that someone with such access to money would abuse the responsibilities that she’d been entrusted with. What’s worse was the fact that she probably didn’t think about the lives that she would end up affecting; she just thought she could get away with it.

Anonymous said...

It's hard to imagine a successful business person would believe no one would catch on eventually.

Anonymous said...

If she was gettin' all that dough, why'd she have to charge $150 for a massage?

bj said...

It's never enough.

stillife said...

Something like this happened at my daughter's nursery school (Brooklyn Free Space) back im the 90's. I don't think they prosecuted, though.

This is probably just a coincidence, but the one time I went to Providence Day Spa, in late 2008, the credit card that I used there had a couple of fraudulent charges. No big deal, my credit card company picked up on it immediately, but I always wondered about it since Providence was the only new place where I'd charged something.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for her daughter.