KY Food Charity Recovers from Scandal

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By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Leaders at Kentucky Harvest say the organization is going strong more than a year after its founder was charged with taking money from a separate charity.

Kentucky Harvest Chairman Brent Smith told The Courier-Journal that questions have mostly stopped, and food contributions and deliveries are virtually unchanged 18 months after Stan Curtis was accused of using funds from USA Harvest for personal expenses.

Curtis founded both Kentucky Harvest and USA Harvest. Prosecutors have said he took no money from Kentucky Harvest. Even so, Eric Churchill, Kentucky Harvest's senior vice president of development, says there initially "was a presumed guilt by association."

Curtis has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of tax evasion, mail fraud and money laundering related to USA Harvest. His trial is set for July 8.

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