Guilty Plea Expected In Nonprofit Theft Case

May 22, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

A guilty plea is expected in the case of Stan Curtis, the former head of U.S.A. Harvest who is accused of stealing more than $180,000 from the charity.

Curtis, who founded U.S.A. Harvest in 1989 as a way to help fight hunger, is expected to enter his guilty plea on June 3 according to a report in The Courier Journal. The paper reported that his attorney, Scott C. Cox, said that he negotiated a plea deal with the prosecutor yesterday though he did not reveal the details of that deal.

Cox argues that his client, who suffers from dementia, is too sick to stand trial. Curtis was facing a four-day trial set to begin on July 15.

Curtis is charged with multiple counts of tax fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering for allegedly stealing approximately $183,354 from U.S.A. Harvest. He is also accused of spending more than $370,000 from the charity’s accounts for meals, entertainment and travel; and failing to report $553,892 in personal income. The charges against Curtis were first filed two years ago, on September 26, 2012.

No number was found for U.S.A. Harvest’s offices and an email requesting comment was not immediately returned.

You can read the full story in The Courier Journal.