- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Prosecutors say the former finance director for a nonprofit group dedicated to ending hunger in Vermont has pleaded guilty to embezzling about $165,000 from the organization.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 61-year-old Sally Kirby pleaded guilty Monday to a federal forgery charge.

Kirby was accused of forging checks from Hunger-Free Vermont to herself between 2009 and 2015.

Prosecutors say the embezzlement was discovered in October.

Hunger Free Vermont says the group has raised about $125,000 to replace some of the reserve funding that was stolen and has had to make some cost savings.

The public defender says Kirby is remorseful and intends to do everything she can to make amends and make Hunger Free Vermont “whole.”

Kirby faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/

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