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Plea deal for charity founder delayed

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 possibleplea deal for the embattled USA Harvest founder has been placed on hold.

Stan Curtis was expected in court fora 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. Theindictment states Curtis deposited $164,620 into his personal account andpersonally cashed checks valued at $18,734 and used the money for his personalbenefit.

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

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

Curtis is now scheduled to appear incourt on December 20.

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