Denver DA Accuses Hamling of Stealing $243K from Charity

Traction Communications founder and alleged scam artist Kirsten Hamling may have settled a lawsuit filed against her by state prosecutors for money that went missing from her Fired Up For Kids Charity, but that hasn’t stopped the Denver District Attorney from filing charges.

The result: 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. Michael Roberts at Westword has the details.

Monaghan Adds Several Clients

Elisabeth “Don’t Call Me Elizabeth” Monaghan has signed on as the publicist for Erika Napoletano, handling both the promotion on Napoletano’s newly released book “The Power of Unpopular,” as well as general publicity for the notoriously shy and retiring Napoletano. Additionally, Monaghan is handling publicity for “The Insider’s Guide on Egg Donation,” a book co-written by Napoletano and Wendie Wilson-Miller, owner of LA-based egg donor agency Gifted Journeys. Monaghan also signed the Morgan Adams Foundation, a Denver-based nonprofit raising funds for research on childhood cancer

Wagstaff Opens Aspen Office

Competition for Colorado travel and tourism accounts may increase a bit with the news that Wagstaff Worldwide has opened an office in Aspen that will be led by Brigid Finley. Finley, who is relocating to Aspen from Los Angeles, has headed a number of campaigns for travel accounts and nationally acclaimed restaurants, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Lark Creek Restaurant Group, Cyrus restaurant, InterContinental Hotels, and Australia’s Great Southern Rail.