The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Sally Kirby, 61, of Essex Junction was sentenced on Tuesday 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 II also ordered that Kriby serve three years of supervised release following completion of her prison term and pay restitution of more then $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 employers, 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 nutritional 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.