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Parents Charged with Stealing Lower Moreland Education Respond

Hamlet and Olesia Garcia were featured on a Fox 29 report last night.

Parents Charged with Stealing Lower Moreland Education Respond

The parents who sent their 5-year-old daughter to Pine Road Elementary School while living at a Philadelphia address are pleading for the charges to be dropped.

Hamlet and Olesia Garcia appeared at a press conference and insisted they are not criminals, they are just trying to do what is best for their daughter.

The Garcia's live on the Philadelphia-Lower Moreland border, and by law, their daughter should have attended Loesche Elementary School. The couple claims when they separated, their daughter resided with her grandfather in Huntingdon Valley.

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The couple face charges of theft of services and conspiracy to commit theft of services for obtaining educational services in Lower Moreland Township without paying school taxes. The out-of-district cost for tuition is about $10,752.81 per year, according to the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney. The Garcia's were offered a deal to repay tutition to the School District.

"We never have an intention to deceive anyone," says Hamlet. "These charges, we believe, are based on a misunderstanding by the authorities."

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