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U.S.

Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Vermont

United States Courthouse and Federal Building
Post Office Box 570

(802) 951-6725

Burlington, Vermont, 05401-0570

Fax: (802) 951-6540

PRESS RELEASE
BURLINGTON, VERMONT, September 20, 2016
Sally Kirby Imprisoned For Hunger Free Vermont Embezzlement
The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont
announced that Sally Kirby, 61, of Essex Junction, was sentenced
today in United States District Court in Burlington to 15 months
of imprisonment following her guilty plea to a federal forgery
charge. U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III also
ordered that Kirby serve three years of supervised release
following completion of her prison term and pay restitution of
more than $178,000. The court directed Kirby to surrender to
the Bureau of Prisons on October 25 to begin serving her
sentence.
Last April, the United States Attorney's Office filed a
one-count information charging Kirby with forging checks of her
employer, Hunger Free Vermont. Kirby pled guilty to that charge
in May. According to the information, Hunger Free Vermont is a
non-profit educational and advocacy organization which provides
nutrition education and access to nutrition programs to
Vermont's children, families and communities. In 2004, Sally
Kirby was hired as the Director of Finance for HFV. Her duties
included handling payroll, accounts payable, financial
statements and grant allocations.

According to the information, between June 2009 and
September 2015, Kirby embezzled about $165,000 from the
organization. She did that primarily by issuing HFV checks to
herself without authorization, then forging the signature of
HFV's executive director on the checks. She deposited many of
the checks into a personal credit union account she maintained.
Kirby attempted to conceal her embezzlement by altering some
entries in HFV's accounting system to make it appear as though
checks she issued to herself had been made payable to vendors.
The embezzlement was discovered last October and Kirby was
promptly fired.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation.
Kirby is represented by Federal Public Defender Michael
Desautels. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory
Waples.