Louisville charity founder sentenced to prison


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The founder of a charity that delivered food to the needy has been sentenced to 24 months in a federal prison for pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.

Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. sentenced 66-year-old Hugh "Stan" Curtis on Thursday in Louisville. Curtis will also serve a three-year period of supervised release and must pay $183,354 in restitution.

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Curtis pleaded guilty in June to tax evasion, mail fraud and money laundering for diverting donations he solicited on behalf of the nonprofit USA Harvest. Curtis acknowledged depositing $164,620 into his personal account and cashing and keeping donation checks totaling $18,734.

Curtis also admitted that from 2005 through 2008, he failed to report to the IRS roughly $341,646 in personal income from donations made to USA Harvest.


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