Tue June 3, 2014
USA Harvest Founder Pleads Guilty to Taking Charity's Donations
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.
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.
Curtis had been scheduled to plead guilty in December 2012, but the hearing was delayed after questions about his competency. Curtis told a federal judge on Tuesday he has memory issues, but understands the charges.
USA Harvest used volunteers to pick up surplus food from restaurants, hotels, hospitals and various other food suppliers and delivered it to missions, soup kitchens, shelters and people in need.
Prosecutors say USA Harvest is no longer in business.