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Plea deal for charity founder delayed

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Stan Curtis during a Blessings In A Backpack event in Dec. 2011. Stan Curtis during a Blessings In A Backpack event in Dec. 2011.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A possible plea deal for the embattled USA Harvest founder has been placed on hold.

Stan Curtis was expected in court for a plea hearing Wednesday, but an unnamed illness caused the delay.

Curtis is accused of stealing over $183,000 in donations that he solicited on behalf of USA Harvest. The indictment states Curtis deposited $164,620 into his personal account and personally cashed checks valued at $18,734 and used the money for his personal benefit.

Curtis is also facing tax fraud charges for failure to report $553,000 in personal income that he received from USA Harvest between 2005 to 2008. That amounts includes the stolen donation and over $370,000 in travel expenses that Curtis charges to USA Harvest.

Four counts of the indictment state that Curtis filed false tax returns with the IRS.

Curtis is now scheduled to appear in court on December 20.

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