Kirsten Hamling, the woman who started "Fired Up For Kids," a Colorado charity organization that produced scantily-clad firefighter calendars to benefit child burn victims, faces charges of stealing nearly $250,000 from the charity.
According to a news release from the Denver District Attorney's Office, Hamling has been charged with 13 counts of theft, four counts of charitable fraud, three counts of filing a false tax return, two counts of failure to file a tax return, and one count of attempting to influence a public servant.
9News writes that Hamling turned herself into the Glendale Police Department and was charged June 11. Her bond is set at $10,000.
Bank statements obtained by 9News for Fired Up for Kids reveal that some of the money was spent on trips to Disneyland, a fitness center, nail salon, grocery stores and others.
The Denver DA's office states the total amount of money alleged to have been taken is $243,399.22.
Hamling released a statement through her attorney in 2011 asserting that Fired Up for Kids was a for-profit organization, while CBS4 has reported the organization's website and previous calendars advertised it as a nonprofit group.
Fired Up for Kids was not a federally registered nonprofit group, leading Westword to speculate calendar buyers may have been misled.
The Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation issued a cease and desist order against the group in 2011 after the allegations became public.
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