Woman behind firefighter calendar charged with stealing

8:26 PM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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Kirsten Hamling used to run Fire Up For Kids that published the Colorado Firefighter Calendar. Proceeds from the sales were to benefit the Children's Hospital Colorado Burn Unit.

The Denver District Attorney charged Hamling 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 attempt to influence a public servant.

She turned herself in to the Glendale Police Department. She was charged Monday. Her bond is set at $10,000.

According to the Denver DA, the total amount of money alleged to have been taken is $243,399.22.

In November, 9NEWS reported Hamling's company was being investigated; the DA was looking into accusations of theft.

Hamling's former employee told 9NEWS Hamling used the Fire Up For Kids bank account as her personal piggy bank, spending money for personal shopping trips and travel.

Firefighters from various agencies were interviewed on Colorado & Company, a program that airs on 9NEWS, saying they volunteered and posed for the non-profit and that all the proceeds went to children. 

Hamling's attorney told 9NEWS last fall she operated a for-profit company and could spend the money how she saw fit.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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