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A federal court appearance is scheduled this week in Louisville for Stan Curtis, the man who received worldwide acclaim for his efforts to provide food to the needy.

Curtis is accused of stealing donations from one of his charitable organizations.

A bill of information issued last month accuses the 63 year old Curtis of mail fraud, money laundering and filing a false income tax return.

Authorities say Curtis stole more than $180,000 in donations intended for USA Harvest, the food distribution charity he founded along with Kentucky Harvest and Blessings in a Backpack, which are not part of the case.

Curtis is also accused of charging more than $370,000 in meals, travel and entertainment to USA Harvest and failing to report it as income.

It appears likely that there will be a plea agreement in the case.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 52 years in prison. The 63 year old Curtis was said to be hospitalized with an infection at the time the charges were announced last month.

He’s scheduled to appear in court Thursday before U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."