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Charity founder Curtis walks to appearance before federal judge

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Stan Curtis walking into the federal courthouse for his Oct. 4 hearing. Stan Curtis walking into the federal courthouse for his Oct. 4 hearing.
Curtis (right) and attorney Scott Cox leave the federal courthouse after an Oct. 4 court appearance. Curtis (right) and attorney Scott Cox leave the federal courthouse after an Oct. 4 court appearance.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The founder of a Louisville-based charity to feed the hungry was in a federal courtroom to face charges of stealing hundreds of thousands from his not-for-profit organization.

Hugh "Stan" Curtis, 64, is charged with stealing more than $183,000 from USA Harvest and failing to report $553,000 in personal income.

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In charges filed in late September 2012, federal prosecutors allege Curtis used the funds to pay for personal expenses. Those expenses included meals, entertainment, and travel.

Curtis, who arrived for past court appearances in a wheelchair, got out of a car in front of the Federal Courthouse and walked inside under his own power.

Following his court appearance, Scott Cox, Curtis' attorney, said his client is undergoing therapy at Frazier Rehabilitation Center and suffers from vertigo issues. Cox also said Curtis has a kidney disease and will undergo cataract surgery at the end of October.

According to Cox, Curtis is unable to remember certain things. Before getting sick, Cox said Curtis weighed 230 pounds. During the illness, Cox said Curtis was down to 145 pounds, but is now at 175.

Cox said the case has been continued until November 8 at which time a competency hearing will be held.

If convicted, Curtis could face 52 years in prison.

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