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USA Harvest founder Curtis due back in court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The founder of USA Harvest is due back in court even as his attorney raises questions about the man's competency to understand the proceedings.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin ordered 63-year-old Hugh "Stan" Curtis to appear at 12:30 p.m. EST Thursday in federal court in Louisville to face charges of mail fraud, money laundering and filing false income tax returns.

Prosecutors say Curtis misused the charity he founded in 1989 to pay for personal meals, travel and entertainment expenses.

Curtis' attorney sought on Wednesday to delay the hearing, saying his client is ill and may not be competent to understand the court proceedings. Whalin ordered the hearing left in place.

Curtis had been scheduled to plead guilty in December, but the hearing was delayed after questions about his competency.


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