Stan Curtis being wheeled out of the federal courthouse on Dec. 20, 2012.
Stan Curtis during a Blessings In A Backpack event in Dec. 2011.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For the second time in about a month, the man known for feeding the needy in Louisville was unable to answer to charges that he stole from his own charity.
Stan Curtis was due in Federal Court Thursday for arraignment, but only his attorney appeared. Scott Cox said Curtis is still too ill to help in his own defense so instead of an arraignment, the government wants to look into his medical issues.
When Curtis was in court in December, the judge said he was too sick and incoherent to answer to the charges that he stole $183,000 from USA Harvest, which he created in 1987, and failing to report $553,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.
He was charged in September. Right after Cox said Curtis was hospitalized for reasons his won't talk about.
"He has multiple issues," said Cox. "They have affected him mentally. He was supposed to have surgery this month to reverse a colostomy and he was too ill to have that."
Cox said Curtis is now in a nursing home on a feeding tube and still not doing well. The government filed a motion Wednesday to do their own, which Cox isn't opposed to doing.
"All of us want him to be healthy so that he can participate in these legal proceedings," said Cox, who added that also includes Curtis. "This is the last thing in the world he wants. He wants to be here."
When asked if Curtis would admit to the charges when he does appear in court, Cox said he hasn't been able to have a good conversation with Curtis for months so he's unable to say what Curtis wants to do.
If convicted of the charges against him, Curtis faces 52 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
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