Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Charity Fraud: Money for the Children’s Hospital Burn Unit Taken

by Gary Snyder

She used the nonprofit, Fired Up For Kids,  to solicit donations through the sale of calendars to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Burn Unit. Shortly after the nonprofit was formed Kristin Hamling, president and sole board member, began using its accounts and assets for personal uses, including gym memberships, airline tickets, and at nail and hair salons, according to the attorney general's complaint. Hamling resigned from the organization but refused to turn over to a successor organization the intellectual and physical property of the organization, including its bank accounts and inventory. The Denver (CO) District Attorney’s office won’t say how much money was allegedly stolen. A former volunteer with the group estimates the theft in excess of $50,000.

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