HOUSTON -

A former staff member of a Harris County judge is expected to appear in court Tuesday on charges of fraud.

Kirk Boudreaux is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a private nonprofit group called HC Events from July of 2008 to early February 2012.

In March 2011, Judge Ed Emmett fired Boudreaux after discovering financial irregularities.

If convicted, Boudreaux could face up to 20 years in prison.