Judge Set to Rule on Charity Founder's Competency

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An attorney for Curtis has said if his client is found competent, a guilty plea could quickly follow the ruling in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge is set to rule on whether the founder of the food charity USA Harvest is competent to face charges that he used money from the organization for personal expenses.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin plans to announce his decision Thursday afternoon about the mental capacity of 63-year-old Hugh "Stan" Curtis. An attorney for Curtis has said if his client is found competent, a guilty plea could quickly follow the ruling in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

Curtis is charged with taking $183,354 from the charity and charging another $370,000 in personal travel expenses. Curtis has been in poor health since being charged in September 2012.

Curtis founded the organization in 1989 as Kentucky Harvest of Louisville.

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