BURLINGTON (AP) - The criminal case against a Vermont woman charged with illegally selling a popular, hard-to-find beer online has been referred to a confidential court diversion program, the woman's boss says.

Burlington attorney Stephanie Hoffman was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on a charge she tried to sell the popular micro-brew Heady Topper to an undercover liquor control investigator.

Hoffman's boss, attorney Peter Langrock, told the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/1hSPt1E) Hoffman's case was referred to court diversion, the details of which are confidential.

There's "nothing surreptitious or secretive about it; that's just the procedure," Langrock said.

Hoffman's lawyer did not return a call Tuesday seeking comment.

If Hoffman successfully completes the diversion program, she will have no criminal record.

Hoffman, an attorney at the Vermont law-firm Langrock, Sperry and Wool, was cited last month by Vermont Liquor Control agents after she tried to sell 120, 16-ounce cans of Heady Topper for $825 via Craigslist.

The case highlighted what some consider the growing problem of black market sales of hard-to-get craft beers across the country.

Langrock said Hoffman had no intention of doing anything illegal.

"It was a matter of, in her own way, trying to promote a very special Vermont beer (and) have fun doing it," Langrock said. "If she'd ever realized that it was illegal, of course, it wouldn't have been done."