DENVER – The founder of the Colorado Firefighter Calendar has been formally charged with allegedly stealing more than $200,000 from the charity.
Kirsten Hamling, 48, faces thirteen 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 Attempt to Influence a Public Servant.
She surrendered to Glendale Police on Tuesday.
Hamling created the non-profit group “Fired Up For Kids” in 2004 to raise money for the burn unit at Children’s Hospital Colorado by selling calendars with pictures of firefighters, many of them scantily-clad.
“The charges allege that beginning in 2005 she used money from the non-profit for her own personal use, including personal airline tickets, hair salon charges, car repairs and her children’s private school tuition,” said District Attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough. “The charges further allege that she filed false tax returns, failed to file tax returns, and provided false information to an investigator looking into the allegations.”
Prosecutors say Hamling stole $243,399.22 from the charity. She resigned from Fired Up For Kids in September 2011.
Her bond is set at $10,000.
The Colorado Firefighter Calendar is now under new management.