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Stan Curtis returns to federal court

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the charity he founded was back in federal court Friday.

Stan Curtis actually walked into the Federal Courthouse instead of being pushed in a wheelchair, but his attorney still says he is only a shell of the man he once was.

Scott Cox says, "Before he got sick, he's six feet tall, 230 pounds, a guy who works out all the time, really strong guy, a former tennis professional and so, he's depressed."

Curtis was in federal court Friday for a competency hearing.

A government psychiatrist recently determined Curtis is competent to plead guilty, as he requested, but the defense wants a second opinion.

Curtis is founder of USA Harvest and stands accused of stealing more than $180,000 from the organization and spending another $370,000 on meals, entertainment, and travel.

Curtis's attorney says his condition is improving, but he still has serious health issues.  Cox says, "He suffers from Wernicke Syndrome, which is, brain damage brought on by malnutrition.  He lost almost a hundred pounds very rapidly."

In his last hearing, he was in a wheelchair and looked very frail.

Meanwhile, Curtis is scheduled to be evaluated by a defense psychiatrist next weekend and is due back in court for the competency hearing next month.

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