Plea Deal Considered for Providence Hogan, Accused PTA Embezzler

Hogan's lawyer said the stolen money will have to be returned

The former PTA Treasurer accused of stealing upwards of $100,000 from the PTA may be making a deal to avoid jail time.

According to a report in the NY Daily News, Hogan's lawyer Stephen Flamhaft said he was "working towards a resolution of the case."

"They're looking for restitution, which I understand," Flamhaft said of the PTA.

He also indicated to the News that the plea agreement "will not require Hogan to spend any time behind bars."

"The PTA is focused on the return of the stolen money," David Pitofsky, a lawyer from the firm Goodwin Proctor, which is representing the parent group pro bono, told the News. "A full and timely restitution will be a condition to any plea."

Hogan, 44, in March to a 22-count indictment that included charges of embezzlement and falsifying records. In late January, she was arrested on charges that she took PTA funds and used them to pay for rent and fertility treatments.

Hogan returns to court on June 27.

dagdgadhhd May 17, 2011 at 05:24 PM
you say the daily news, but then link to the post.
Georgia Kral May 17, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Fixed that link, thanks!
Gemma May 17, 2011 at 07:27 PM
how nice for her!! what bullshit!! steal for your rent and your fertility treatments ?? oh thats OK as long as you weren't gambling or buying drugs we understand ..
philip May 17, 2011 at 08:18 PM
call her a flight risk and keep her in jail .. she will confess after a few months in the clink... then she can do her time and restitution can begin on her paying $ back with interest
CARMEN May 18, 2011 at 01:55 AM
is anyone going to say She is a good person if she replaces the money? the fire starters are great to have given themselves up, so I guess Hogan will have the New Playground named after her.
Ariane Ben Eli May 18, 2011 at 04:10 PM
You know, Carmen, I don't think there's any equivalence. We rightly hold adults to a different standard than teenagers. Teenagers don't have the experience or capacity that adults to do anticipate consequences. Ms. Hogan is an adult. She knew what she was doing was wrong. She took steps to cover it up and compounded embezzlement with fraud. When the news of the PTA loss broke, I had mixed feelings. The PTA, perhaps under pressure from the police, said that rather than $100,000, they were investigating two checks totaling $5,800 written in March of 2009. I equivocated. Maybe she intended to borrow the money and pay it back, I thought. She owns a business. Taxes are due in March. I created a whole narrative to rationalize the situation. But, it turns out, she systematically took money over several years in amounts that couldn't reasonably be returned, at a time when our school's budget faced regular cuts and when the PTA was assuming greater responsibility for the school's necessary functions--teaching assistants, music teachers, professional development, school supplies. My rationalization fell apart in view of the charges against her. I don't feel particularly vengeful. I wouldn't feel better if she went to jail. I would like to see the money returned, with interest. If she gets a plea deal and the DA is done with it, there's little to ensure she actually repays the money. That's what concerns me.
CARMEN May 18, 2011 at 04:52 PM
The playground fire was premeditated, well planed but unfortunately not well executed. Are we to dismiss this behavior to "youthful high jinks"?
Ariane Ben Eli May 18, 2011 at 05:30 PM
I don't think anyone is dismissing the teens' behavior. They're facing felony charges. Like Providence, they have lawyers. But the teens' parents have made restitution. The teens turned themselves in. They didn't wait to be arrested. Their crime happened in the course of an hour and is moving toward resolution in less than two weeks. Providence committed crimes over a number of years, hasn't paid back a penny yet, has not apologized, plead not guilty when she was arraigned in March and it will be months, if not years, before her crime is resolved. To compare these two events does indeed make the teens' crime look like high jinks, actually.
Anthony May 18, 2011 at 07:11 PM
I wouldn't categorize these teens' actions as "high jinks." What if someone was hurt or even killed. Today it's a park, tomorrow it could be a car or a house. But, this woman's is no angle and I really wished they threw the book at her. Oh well.
CARMEN May 19, 2011 at 12:31 AM
I must be an old crank but I find these 2 stories to reflect the entitlement mentality of today. All parties saw no wrong doing in their actions until they got caught. Dose it count to say I am sorry only after you get caught?
Lisamarie Librera May 23, 2011 at 04:58 PM
WHAT? Oh hell no she ROBBED the PTA, unacceptable. She took the money for her own use from children. I am a PTA President in a Park Slope Middle School and if I did this my a** would be sitting in a cell in Rosie's house of detention on Rikers...enough.....do the crime PAY your time!! This is B___ S___ fill in the blanks


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