No Plea Yet for Accused P.S. 29 Embezzler Providence Hogan

PTA leader wants more than full restitution.

Providence Hogan, the former PTA treasurer accused of , appeared in Brooklyn Supreme Court Monday only to have a new appearance date set.

"We're trying to resolve the case," said Harold Levy, an attorney representing Hogan.

In May, , but that deal has still not been worked out. At the request of Hogan's attorneys, Judge Suzanne Mondo granted two additional weeks to work out a plan. She will return to court on July 11.

P.S. 29 Co-President Joyce Seares and Chairperson of the School Leadership Team Natalie Green Giles were in court for Hogan's appearance.

We want "more than just the money," said Giles. "There should be some measure of community service."

"I think it's so beyond an apology," she added.

Seares said she'd like to see the money returned quickly.

"In light of budget cuts, year after year, we need this money for our children," she said. "We need it today."

The PTA is being represented pro bono by David Pitofsky, a lawyer from the firm Goodwin Proctor and a member of the P.S. 29 school community. Pitofsky said the PTA's priority is to see the money returned to the school, but added that the PTA was "victimized" and is taking the case very seriously.

"As things go forward, if we feel there's anything going on that undersells the victim ... That is unjustifiably lenient to the defendent, we will likely speak our mind," he said.

"We're looking for her to be punished to the fullest extent."

Correction: This article initially referred to Giles as a different PTA member.

Andrew June 28, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Dang, those PTA members sure are a vengeful lot.


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