Fr James Dokos, who once served Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee WI, accused of improperly spending funds from a trust account, was a “no show” in court on Monday, 14 July… again. Dokos faces a Class G felony charge of theft (embezzlement), value exceeding 10,000 USD (344,000 Roubles. 10,760 CAD. 10,680 AUD. 7,370 Euros. 5,840 UK Pounds). Dokos missed last Thursday’s court date as well… so, what was the reason this time? In court on Monday, Dokos’ attorney again stood before the court commissioner to announce that his client wouldn’t show up for court. Dokos’ attorney said Dokos is now in hospital. On Thursday, Dokos’ attorney said Dokos wouldn’t show up for court because he was in Illinois… with car trouble.
Dokos faces charges of tapping into an Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church trust fund… to the tune of about 100,000 USD (3.44 million Roubles. 107,600 CAD. 106,800 AUD. 73,700 Euros. 58,400 UK Pounds). On Monday, Dokos’ former secretary Stephanie Rauch was in court to support Dokos. She admits that he had expensive tastes, saying, “He liked his Rolex. He liked his Cartier. He liked his Gucci shoes. He liked his Prada belt. You know, high-end stuff”. The court commissioner’s frustration was simply getting Dokos to court. They’ll try again this Friday, 18 July… if Dokos is out of hospital. On Monday, the court commissioner said, “I don’t want to hear that he’s been released and he’s on home care now. No, I want him here or a warrant is going to be issued”.
The GOAA transferred Dokos to a church in Glenview IL from Milwaukee in 2012. Rauch said that she believes the theft charge will haunt Dokos, noting, “I don’t think anyone will trust him at any other parish. He’s got that mark against him now. It’s too bad. He was a good priest. He was a good priest. He helped people”. It’s unclear why Dokos is in hospital. His attorney said that he couldn’t disclose that information. If convicted in the case against him, Dokos faces a maximum prison term of 10 years.
14 July 2014