MONTPELIER, VT. >> The former finance director for a nonprofit group dedicated to ending hunger in Vermont is headed to prison for 15 months for embezzling about $165,000 from the organization.

Sally Kirby of Essex Junction was sentenced Tuesday in federal court.

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.

Kirby's attorney Michael Desautels says his client believes the sentence was fair and she accepts it. Desautels also says Kirby is looking forward to repaying Hunger Free Vermont.

She will begin her prison term at a later date.

Information from: Rutland Herald,