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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

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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

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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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5:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Another Delay Granted in Stan Curtis Court Case

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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.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin today set a May 29 court date for 63-year-old Stan Curtis.   Whalin said the two-month stretch before the next court date will allow Curtis to recover from two medical procedures and be examined by a psychiatrist to determine if he's competent to enter into a plea agreement on charges of using the charity to fund personal meals, travel and entertainment expenses.

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11:30 am
Mon January 28, 2013

USA Harvest Founder Due in Court This Week

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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.

Stan Curtis was expected to plead guilty last month, but his plea agreement was postponed because of questions about his competency.    His lawyer said Curtis had been hospitalized for an infection and was still too frail to enter the plea.

Curtis is charged with mail fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns.

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1:20 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

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

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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.

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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.

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8:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Stan Curtis Due In Federal Court This Week

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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.

Curtis is accused of stealing donations from one of his charitable organizations.

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.

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1:56 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

USA Harvest Founder Stan Curtis Facing Federal Felony Charges

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The founder of Louisville-based USA Harvest is charged in federal court with mail fraud, money laundering and filing false income tax returns.

Stan Curtis is accused of stealing more than $183,000 in donations he solicited for the charity, which collects and distributes food for the needy. He’s also charged with failing to report the money as income with the IRS, along with more than $370,000 in travel expenses he allegedly charged to USA Harvest.

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