DENVER (CBS4) – A woman accused of taking more than $200,000 from a charity she had organized to help the burn unit at The Children’s Hospital has been arrested and formally charged.

Kirsten Hamling, 47, was arrested after surrendering at the Glendale Police Department on Tuesday.

Hamling is 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 attempt to influence a public servant.

Hamling created the nonprofit group Fired Up For Kids, the group behind the firefighter calendars said to be for charity.

“The charges allege that beginning in 2005 she used money from the nonprofit for her own personal use, including personal airline tickets, hair salon charges, car repairs and her children’s private school tuition,” Lynn Kimbrough with the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

Kimbrough said Hamling is also accused of provided false information to an investigator.

Hamling resigned from Fired Up For Kids in September 2011.

The total amount of money alleged to have been taken is $243,399.22.

Her bond is set at $10,000. Her next court appearance has not yet been scheduled.


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