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1:20 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

USA Harvest Founder Stan Curtis' Plea Delayed Due to Competency Concerns

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.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin today rescheduled a change of plea hearing for 63-year-old Stan Curtis until Jan. 31.

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.

Curtis, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, is charged with taking more than $183,000 in donations from the charity and charging more than $370,000 in personal travel expenses. He faces charges of mail fraud, money laundering and filing false income tax returns.

Curtis founded the organization in 1989 as Kentucky Harvest of Louisville.