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12:56 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

USA Harvest Founder Pleads Guilty to Taking Charity's Donations

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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.

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4:19 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Judge Says USA Harvest Founder Competent for Trial


A federal judge has concluded that the founder of USA Harvest is competent to stand trial on charges that he used money from the volunteer organization for personal expenses. 

U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley on Wednesday ruled that the case against 63-year-old Hugh "Stan" Curtis is primarily based on paper records that can be reconstructed without the need for Curtis' recollections. 

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4:41 pm
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.

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4:48 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Stan Curtis Court Appearance Delayed

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The founder of USA Harvest is now scheduled to appear in federal court on Nov. 28 to change his not guilty plea.

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.

Curtis is charged with money laundering, mail fraud and filing a false tax return. He is accused of taking nearly $200,000 from USA Harvest and charging more than $350,000 to the charity for travel, entertainment and meals.