Preliminary hearing set for Colorado Firefighter Calendar founder

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Kirsten Hamling

Kirsten Hamling

DENVER — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 20 for the founder of the Colorado Firefighter Calendar who is accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the charity.

Kirsten Hamling, 48, had her second advisement Tuesday relating to 13 charges 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 police on June 12.

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.

Prosecutors say Hamling stole over $243,000 from the charity. She resigned from “Fired Up For Kids” in September 2011.