Lawyer says Stan Curtis not competent to enter plea


by Gene Kang

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 2:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Stan Curtis made it to Federal court in a wheel chair Thursday, but a his lawyer said he is too ill and frail to enter a plea at this time.

Curtis was hospitalized with an infection after allegations surfaced he took money intended for a charity he founded. He is accused of stealing $183,000 in donations from USA Harvest, his own charity that helps needy families.

It was expected Curtis would take a plea deal, but even though he was recently released from the hospital, his lawyer said Curtis incompetent to stand trial.

According to a federal complaint, Curtis personally cashed donation checks meant for the charity, and he failed to report more than half-a-million dollars in income. The complaint also states he deducted more than $360,000 in travel expenses.

When the allegations came out, disappointment was felt throughout Louisville.

"Obviously I hate to see that. Stan Curtis has done a lot of good work for the children of our community and the country as well. So when something like this happens, you're sad really," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in recent months.

Tax documents show Curtis was paid $240,000 a year.

The former pro-athlete and investment banker was expected to plead guilty to terms of a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney which could have landed him in prison, instead he will head back to court at the end of January.

Some non-profits are worried this will create lasting stigma.  

"It is going to harm the charities because the general public will think twice before reaching out to help," Nina Moseley with Wayside Christian Mission said.