Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- A federal judge says a man accused of stealing from the charity he founded is showing improvements in his physical health.

Stan Curtis walked into the federal courthouse with a cane. Last time, he was frail and was pushed in a wheelchair.

A change of plea hearing was scheduled, but the judge decided to continue the case for 60 days. That's because prosecutors want an independent psychiatric exam for Curtis.  The judge says while Curtis' physical appearance has improved, he still wants to check on his mental competency.

Curtis' attorney says on Tuesday, he'll have a colostomy reversal and a port in his chest will be closed. It was used to administer medicine.  His attorney says he'll be hospitalized for five days and will need another week for him to recover. Then, he can undergo the psychiatric exam ordered by the prosecution.

Prosecutors say Curtis took more than $180,000 from USA Harvest. They say he also charged another $370,000 as personal expenses.

A grand jury formally indicted Curtis in January on charges that included mail fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns. He is accused of stealing donations from the organization between 2005 and 2007.  If convicted, the charges carry the potential for 52 years in prison and a more than one million dollar fine.

Curtis is expected back in court on May 29th.

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