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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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4:09 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Prosecutor Opposes Request for Seven Month Delay in Richie Farmer Trial

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A federal prosecutor is objecting to a request by Richie Farmer’s attorney that the former agriculture commissioner’s criminal trial be delayed until February.

Farmer’s trial on charges of misappropriating government resources was originally set for July, but his attorney, Guthrie True, wants to move it until early next year, saying he needs more time to prepare.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor filed a court brief this week asking that the trial be scheduled for sometime this fall,  saying a delay until February would be excessive.

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5:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Another Delay Granted in Stan Curtis Court Case


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


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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4:35 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Barth Placed Under Stricter Bond Rules

A federal judge has placed tougher bond restrictions on former McMahan Fire Chief Paul Barth.

Barth was sentenced last month to 41 months in prison for embezzling nearly $200,000 intended for the Crusade for Children charity. He was given up to 60 days to report to prison.

The new bond restrictions were imposed after prosecutors learned that Barth failed to report recent real estate transactions, including the sale of a Florida condo, that would have affected his ability to make restitution prior to his sentencing.

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8:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Paul Barth Bond Hearing Set For This Week

A hearing will be held this week in U.S. District Court on the bond conditions set for Paul Barth, the former McMahan Fire Chief who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 intended for the Crusade for Children charity.

Prosecutors requested the hearing after Barth did not disclose two real estate transactions that could have impacted his ability to pay restitution.

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8:18 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Feds: Barth Misled Court About Financial Status

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Louisville says former McMahan Fire Chief Paul Barth failed to disclose two real estate transactions that would have affected his ability to pay back some $200,000 he embezzled from the Crusade for Children charity and the fire district.

At his sentencing hearing Monday , Barth said he was unable to make restitution until he sold his Louisville home. He was given until the close of business Wednesday to pay the money or sign an agreement under which the government would collect on the sale of the property.

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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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