Thu November 14, 2013
Federal Judge: USA Harvest Founder Competent to Answer Charges
A federal judge in Louisville has ruled that the founder of the food charity USA Harvest is competent to face charges that he used money from the organization for personal expenses.
The lawyer for 63-year-old Hugh "Stan" Curtis on Thursday said he will appeal U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin's decision. Attorney Scott Cox says Curtis is not in a condition to enter a plea to the charges.
Cox and prosecutors have 35 working days to file motions before U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley takes any appeal under advisement.
Curtis is charged with taking $183,354 from the charity and charging another $370,000 in personal travel expenses. Curtis has been in poor health since being charged in September 2012.
Curtis founded the organization in 1989 as Kentucky Harvest of Louisville.