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Stan Curtis sentenced on felony charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Stan Curtis has been sentenced to two years for stealing money from USA Harvest, the charity he founded.

Curtis pleaded guilty in June to seven felony counts, including money laundering, mail fraud, and filing false tax returns. The 65-year-old admitted to stealing more than $180,000 from the charity and charging more than $370,000 for personal expenses.

Prosecutors recommended Curtis spend two years in prison and pay more than $183,000 in restitution, and Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. concurred, sentencing Curtis to 24 months.

USA Harvest is no longer in operation, but another charity he founded, Kentucky Harvest, has continued to provide food to people in need.

The probation office is expected to determine the date when Curtis must surrender to authorities to begin his sentence.

As for where that sentence will be carried out, Curtis' attorneys asked the judge to recommend the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, as it is near where his wife and family are located, but McKinley declined to make a recommendation, saying it was a decision that should be made by the Bureau of Prisons.

For his part, Scott Cox, Curtis' attorney, told reporters later that the public needs to bear in mind that Cutis' life has been about more than scandal.

"If you're going weigh someone's life, the good dramatically outweighs the bad," he said of Curtis.

Brent Smith, chairman of Kentucky Harvest, worked alongside Curtis for 20 years at Kentucky Harvest and Blessings in a Backpack. Curtis founded both of those non-profits as well, though they're not part of the case.

"For somebody who did things correctly for so many years to help the unfortunate...why he took a different direction, I don't know, and I don't think anyone really will know," Smith said.

Kentucky Harvest is slated to get the restitution money Curtis must pay as USA Harvest is no longer operating.

"It's probably a very long-shot that we will ever receive any of those funds," Smith said. "That could go a long way to continuing our mission to feed the less fortunate in Kentuckiana."

"I'm convinced he'll be placed in a federal prison hospital -- a federal medical center," Cox said. "I've had several clients in the past go to North Carolina...his family has a lot of contacts to the Missouri area, so hopeful he'll end up there."

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