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USA Harvest founder too ill to take plea

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Stan Curtis being pushed down the ramp outside of the courthouse Thursday. Stan Curtis being pushed down the ramp outside of the courthouse Thursday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - He's lost 100 pounds and was too frail to walk, but the founder of USA Harvest finally made it before a federal judge Thursday, but Stan Curtis did not plea to charges of stealing hundreds of thousands from his not-for-profit organization as expected.

All sides, from the judge to the prosecutor and Curtis' attorney agreed he was not coherent enough to enter a plea.

Curtis founded USA Harvest, Kentucky Harvest and Blessings in a Backpack. His impact on the community goes so deep, even though he's accused of taking more than $183,000 from the first of those organizations, he still had supporters from Wayside Christian Mission by his side in Federal Court.

"Mr. Curtis has been a friend of the homeless for 25 years or more, has helped a lot of people in this community, has given tirelessly of himself and so we just wanted to come and show our support for him," said Nina Moseley with Wayside Christian Mission. She said she believes there's more to Curtis' charges than what's public. "I feel for him. I feel for him having to go through this along with the medical issues that he's facing."

Though what is public does not look good. On top of that missing $183,000, Curtis is accused of not reporting $553,000 to the Internal Revenue Service which includes that alleged stolen money and nearly $370,000 in travel expenses.

It was not long after those charges came out that Curtis became ill. His attorney, Scott Cox, won't say what is wrong with him, but told a judge it was grave for awhile.

Cox said Curtis began to improve so they thought he could handle a hearing but in the last couple days he's again become confused and disoriented. Even the judge agreed Curtis didn't appear to be in a state to accept a plea deal.

Another hearing is set for January 31. Cox told the judge Curtis has another surgery set for mid-January, but his doctor won't operate until Curtis is in better health.

The prosecution said they may do their own independent investigation into Curtis' health.

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