SIU PTA treasurer stole $185,000 from group of parents, prosecutors say

UPPER EAST SIDE — The treasurer of a public parent-teacher group stole $185,000 from the association to fund luxury trips to Bermuda and designer items from Fendi, prosecutors allege.

Marc Haynes, former co-treasurer of the Parent Teacher Association of PS 267, was charged in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday with robbery, District Attorney Alvin Bragg said.

“Haynes is accused of using his own child’s elementary school PTA to fund luxury vacations, shopping sprees,” Bragg said, “and even to pay court-ordered restitution following a conviction. for stealing from his former employer”.

Haynes embezzled money from PTA-related checking accounts at East Side Elementary, on East 63rd Street between Second and Third Avenues, from October 2020 to July 2021, prosecutors allege.

The co-treasurer used the stolen funds to pay credit card bills for charges at luxury hotels in St. Lucia and Bermuda, and items purchased from Fendi, Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn, prosecutors said .

A new PTA co-treasurer notified the Manhattan district attorney’s office in October 2021 after finding a suspicious $9,081 transaction in one of the accounts, prosecutors said.

Instead of providing documents to support the charge, Haynes resigned from his post, prosecutors said.

This isn’t the first time Haynes has faced a major theft charge.

Haynes was convicted of robbing a publishing house and sentenced to five years probation and $51,247 in restitution, prosecutors said.

According to Bragg, Haynes used PTA funds to pay the money he owed the publishing house.