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USA Harvest founder pleads guilty to federal fraud charges

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – USA Harvest founder Stan Curtis has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

Curtis walked into court without a walker or wheelchair and entered a guilty plea on all seven counts. Prosecutors have recommended a low end sentence of 24 months and $183,354 in restitution.

His sentencing is set for September 4 when a judge will decide whether to follow the prosecutor's recommendation or add time.

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Curtis was indicted on federal charges in 2012 including stealing more than $180,000 from the charity he founded to feed the hungry. After debate over his ability to stand trial, a judge ruled Curtis competent in November.

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Before being ruled competent, WAVE 3 News Anchor John Boel reported on Curtis living life as a much different man than was seen in the court room. Often using a cane or even wheelchair in court, Curtis seemed fine as he walked in and out of restaurants, walked his dog and enjoyed nice strolls with his wife.

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Curtis was set to stand trial beginning on July 8.

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