Woman Charged in Colo. Firefighter Charity Scam

The Denver district attorney has charged a woman in the theft of $243,000 from a children's charity that sold calendars featuring hunky firefighters.

Kirsten Hamling, 47, was arrested Tuesday after surrendering at the Glendale Police Department. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Hamling was charged Monday with 13 felony theft counts and four counts of charitable fraud, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for District Attorney Mitch Morrissey.

She is also charged with three counts of filing a false tax return, two counts of failure to file a tax return and one count of attempt to influence a public servant.

Hamling created the nonprofit charity Fired Up For Kids in 2004 to raise money for the burn unit at Children's Hospital Colorado by selling the firefighter calendars.

The charges allege that beginning in 2005 she used money from the nonprofit for her own personal use, including paying for personal airline tickets, hair salon charges, car repairs and her children's private school tuition.

The charges also accuse Hamling of filing false tax returns, failing to file tax returns and providing false information to an investigator looking into the allegations, Kimbrough said.

Hamling resigned from Fired Up For Kids in September 2011.

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