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Suit reveals depth of Momstrocity’s debt!

This was Providence Hogan in court last week when she was unable to make her first restitution payment to PS 29's PTA. Now it turns out that the spa owner is even deeper in debt than originally thought.
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The PTA mom who stole more than $80,000 from her Cobble Hill school and failed last week to make the first court-ordered restitution payment also owes more than $40,000 in back rent on her Atlantic Avenue spa business.

Momstrocity Providence Hogan, who still owns the Providence Day Spa despite a plea deal that requires her to pay back all the money she stole, owes the back rent to her landlord and is also being sued by Con Edison for unpaid utility bills.

The story was first reported by Patch on Friday.

According to court documents, the landlord sued Hogan in March, the same month cops arrested her for taking $82,000 from the PTA of PS 29 on Henry Street.

As treasurer, Hogan had unfettered access to the group’s checkbook. When the PTA found a discrepancy in its tax returns, Hogan admitted to cutting checks to herself ranging from $6,000 to $52,000 and spent the funds on fertility treatments and the rent on both her home her spa.

Yet the landlord’s civil suit claims that Hogan hasn’t paid her $5,811 monthly rent for the first floor space between Smith and Hoyt streets for at least six months before her arrest.

“She’s saying she used that money to pay her rent, but it’s an out and out lie,” explained Marc Aronson, an attorney representing Hogan’s landlord.

Aronson said that the landlord just wants his money from the disgraced mom: If she pays the back rent, the Providence Day Spa can stay open, he explained.

“We’re willing to make a deal,” Aronson said.

If the landlord’s claim is legit, it wouldn’t be the first time that Hogan stole money, yet escaped punishment by simply repaying the money.

In just such a sweetheart deal with Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, Hogan agreed to pay back the money she swindled in exchange for no jail time. She was supposed to make her first payment of $40,000 on Aug. 11, but came to court empty handed.

Hogan was given until Oct, 3, to come up with the money. If she doesn’t, a full trial will begin. She’s facing six years in prison.

The Providence Day Spa has been offering $165 Ayurveduc massages, $205 body polishes, $70 mini-facials and $60 Brazilian waxes since 2003.

It was open for business on Wednesday, but Hogan’s two employees told us that the owner was too busy to talk to us.

Calls to Hogan were not returned.

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