Plea deal reached in 'education theft' case
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - January 28, 2014 (WPVI) -- A father pleaded guilty to lesser charges and charges were dropped against a mother who were accused of "stealing education" for their child.
Hamlet and Olesia Garcia were originally charged with theft of services for allowing their 5-year-old daughter to finish out the 2012 academic year at Pine Hill Elementary in Lower Moreland.
Prosecutors say the child lived in Philadelphia - one mile from the school - for the final two months of the academic year, but the parents did not pay school taxes.
The Garcias say the child lived in Philadelphia for that time while they worked on marital problems.
However, in court on Tuesday, Hamlet Garcia entered a guilty plea to a summary charge of providing false information.
He agreed to pay the Lower Moreland School District restitution of $10,700 for one year of school tuition and was ordered to pay a $100 fine.
All charges against Olesia Garcia were dropped.
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