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USA Harvest founder set for sentencing, faces federal prison time for fraud, tax evasion

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — The founder of USA Harvest is set to be sentenced after pleading guilty to tax evasion, mail fraud and money laundering after admitting that he spent donations to the charity on himself.

Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., will hand down the punishment for 65-year-old Hugh "Stan" Curtis on Thursday in Louisville.

Curtis entered a guilty plea in June to taking $183,354 in donations he solicited on behalf of the nonprofit USA Harvest. Curtis acknowledged depositing $164,620 into his personal account and cashing donation checks totaling $18,734 and using the funds for his personal benefit.

The now-defunct USA Harvest used volunteers to pick up surplus food from restaurants, hotels, hospitals and various other food suppliers and delivered it to missions, soup kitchens, shelters and people in need.

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