Ex-Macon Christian academy leader now fugitive

Hawkins

 MACON, Ga. -- The convicted felon who led Macon’s Progressive Christian Academy for a few months earlier this year is now a fugitive.

The Macon Telegaph reports that Christina Hawkins, who appears as Christina Perera in Florida Department of Corrections records, is now listed as a fugitive on the agency’s Web site because her probation officers don’t know where she is and have obtained a warrant for her arrest.

Hawkins, 48, was convicted in February on two felony fraud charges. A judge canceled her probation, then reinstated it in October. Hawkins unsuccessfully appealed that reinstatement and is now appealing to the Florida Supreme Court, records from a Florida county court show.

According to an affidavit from her probation officers obtained by the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper in Florida, her probation officers said she failed to report to them and lied about her employer.

The Ocala newspaper reported Hawkins’ criminal attorney doesn’t know how to reach her.

According to Georgia investigators, Hawkins was running Progressive Christian Academy for part of this past summer and fall while her Florida probation officers thought she was working for someone else in property management.

The school served children from 3 years old through eighth grade, including some in a state-licensed preschool program. Felons are barred from working with such state-licensed preschools.

The founder of Progressive Christian Academy, Betty Tolbert, is suing for control of the school. Defendants include E.T. Strickland, who bought the school property in foreclosure and hired Hawkins to run it.

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