Providence Hogan, who was ordered to pay back the money has been found guilty of embezzling, was on the receiving end of $50,000 in part because of a recent New York Times column written by Ginia Bellafante. Hogan's attorney Stephen Flamhaft told reporters after the sentencing that the profile had inspired multiple people, including an old acquaintance of Hogan's, to come forward and lend her money, writes Georgia Kral at Carroll Gardens Patch.
After pleading guilty to three counts of grand larceny for stealing from the P.S. 29 PTA when she was treasurer, and after her attorney handed a check for $50,000 to PTA Co-President Maura Sheehy, Providence Hogan gave a statement.
"What I did was obviously criminal, but also morally reprehensible and spiritually bereft," Hogan said, pausing to catch her breath. "I am so, so sorry."
Judge Suzanne Mondo has said all along that in order for Hogan to avoid trial and possible jail time, she needed to "make the school whole."
Flamhaft met with Mondo and they came to the agreement on how she would make recompense the school. She will pay back the remaining $30,000 over the next two years, followed by five years of probation, writes Kral.
"If you fail to make a payment, I will order a warrant for your arrest," Mondo said. "I will not accept any excuses."
Following the sentencing, some parents said they were glad the ordeal was coming to a close, and that the PTA is ready to move on.
"We're very much looking to move forward and put our energies into something positive," said Natalie Green Giles, a former chairwoman of the school leadership team.
However, she would not say whether they were ready to forgive Hogan. Hogan knows, however, she's got a lot of work to do.