U.S. District Court http://wfpl.org en USA Harvest Founder Pleads Guilty to Taking Charity's Donations http://wfpl.org/post/usa-harvest-founder-pleads-guilty-taking-charitys-donations <p>The Louisville-based founder of USA Harvest has pleaded guilty to tax evasion, mail fraud and money laundering after admitting that he spent donations to the charity on himself. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, 65-year-old Stan Curtis will pay his original organization, Kentucky Harvest, more than $183,000 in restitution and faces prison time, probably about two years, when he's sentenced in September.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:56:46 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9478 at http://wfpl.org USA Harvest Founder Pleads Guilty to Taking Charity's Donations Prosecutor Opposes Request for Seven Month Delay in Richie Farmer Trial http://wfpl.org/post/prosecutor-opposes-request-seven-month-delay-richie-farmer-trial <p></p><p>A federal prosecutor is objecting to a request by Richie Farmer’s attorney that the former agriculture commissioner’s criminal trial be delayed until February.</p><p>Farmer’s trial on charges of misappropriating government resources was originally set for July, but his attorney, Guthrie True, wants to move it until early next year, saying he needs more time to prepare.</p><p>But Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor filed a court brief this week asking that the trial be scheduled for sometime this fall,&nbsp; saying a delay until February would be excessive.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:09:15 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 5346 at http://wfpl.org Prosecutor Opposes Request for Seven Month Delay in Richie Farmer Trial Another Delay Granted in Stan Curtis Court Case http://wfpl.org/post/another-delay-granted-stan-curtis-court-case <p></p><p>A federal judge in Louisville has ordered the founder of USA Harvest to return to court in May after addressing several physical health issues and undergoing a mental examination.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:00:29 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 4665 at http://wfpl.org Another Delay Granted in Stan Curtis Court Case USA Harvest Founder Due in Court This Week http://wfpl.org/post/usa-harvest-founder-due-court-week <p></p><p>After several delays, the founder of USA Harvest is scheduled to return to federal court this week to answer charges of misusing the charity’s funds.</p><p>Stan Curtis was expected to plead guilty last month, but his plea agreement was postponed because of questions about his competency.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;His lawyer said Curtis had been hospitalized for an infection and was still too frail to enter the plea.</p><p>Curtis is charged with mail fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 3626 at http://wfpl.org USA Harvest Founder Due in Court This Week USA Harvest Founder Stan Curtis' Plea Delayed Due to Competency Concerns http://wfpl.org/post/usa-harvest-founder-stan-curtis-plea-delayed-due-competency-concerns <p>A federal judge has delayed the expected guilty plea of the founder of USA Harvest because of questions about his competency to understand the proceedings.</p><p>U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin today rescheduled a change of plea hearing for 63-year-old Stan Curtis until Jan. 31.</p><p>Louisville attorney Scott Cox, who represents Curtis, said his client's health has declined in recent days and he appears unable to grasp the legal proceedings. Prosecutors did not object to the delay.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:20:21 +0000 Associated Press 3070 at http://wfpl.org USA Harvest Founder Stan Curtis' Plea Delayed Due to Competency Concerns Barth Placed Under Stricter Bond Rules http://wfpl.org/post/barth-placed-under-stricter-bond-rules A federal judge has placed tougher bond restrictions on former McMahan Fire Chief Paul Barth.<p> Barth was sentenced last month to 41 months in prison for embezzling nearly $200,000 intended for the Crusade for Children charity. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:35:29 +0000 Rick Howlett 2801 at http://wfpl.org Barth Placed Under Stricter Bond Rules Paul Barth Bond Hearing Set For This Week http://wfpl.org/post/paul-barth-bond-hearing-set-week <p>A hearing will be held this week in U.S. District Court on the bond conditions set for Paul Barth, the former McMahan Fire Chief who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 intended for the Crusade for Children charity.</p> <p>Prosecutors requested the hearing after Barth did not disclose two real estate transactions that could have impacted his ability to pay restitution.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 2745 at http://wfpl.org Paul Barth Bond Hearing Set For This Week Feds: Barth Misled Court About Financial Status http://wfpl.org/post/feds-barth-misled-court-about-financial-status The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Louisville says former McMahan Fire Chief Paul Barth failed to disclose two real estate transactions that would have affected his ability to pay back some $200,000 he embezzled from the Crusade for Children charity and the fire district.<p> At his sentencing hearing Monday , Barth said he was unable to make restitution until he sold his Louisville home. He was given until the close of business Wednesday to pay the money or sign an agreement under which the government would collect on the sale of the property.<p> But U.S. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 01:18:21 +0000 Rick Howlett 2615 at http://wfpl.org Feds: Barth Misled Court About Financial Status Stan Curtis Court Appearance Delayed http://wfpl.org/post/stan-curtis-court-appearance-delayed <P>The founder of USA Harvest is now scheduled to appear in federal court on Nov. 28 to change his not guilty plea.<p> U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin ordered Stan Curtis to appear in court that day for arraignment and change of plea to charges that he took nearly $200,000 from the Louisville-based charity he founded.<p> Curtis is charged with money laundering, mail fraud and filing a false tax return. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:48:23 +0000 The Associated Press 2069 at http://wfpl.org Stan Curtis Court Appearance Delayed Stan Curtis Due In Federal Court This Week http://wfpl.org/post/stan-curtis-due-federal-court-week <P>A federal court appearance is scheduled this week in Louisville for Stan Curtis, the man who received worldwide acclaim for his efforts to provide food to the needy.<p> <P>Curtis is accused of stealing donations from one of his charitable organizations.<p> <P>A bill of information issued last month accuses the 63 year old Curtis of mail fraud, money laundering and filing a false income tax return.<p> <P>Authorities say Curtis stole more than $180,000 in donations intended for USA Harvest, the food distribution charity he founded along with Kentucky Harvest and Blessings in a Backpack, wh Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 2005 at http://wfpl.org Stan Curtis Due In Federal Court This Week