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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Dokos Pled Not Guilty to Theft Charge

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This morning, Fr James Dokos pled not guilty to felony theft charge this morning during his arraignment in a Milwaukee County courtroom. Dokos, who’s on leave from Ss Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview IL pending the outcome of the case, faces charges of improperly spending more than 100,000 USD (3.6 million Roubles. 615,000 Renminbi. 6.05 million INR. 108,400 CAD. 107,200 AUD. 75,800 Euros. 60,400 UK Pounds) from a trust fund intended to benefit Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee WI. Dokos, 62, was the long-time pastor at Annunciation before transferring to Ss Peter and Paul in 2012. In June, authorities in Milwaukee announced that they’d file the charge against Dokos after launching an investigation last year into how the trust fund money was spent. A long-time Annunciation parishioner and his wife established the fund, and whilst the church received 1.1 million USD (39.8 million Roubles. 6.8 million Renminbi. 66.4 million INR. 1.2 million CAD. 1.18 million AUD. 834,000 Euros. 664,000 UK Pounds) from the fund, Annunciation members alerted authorities after finding possible discrepancies in how the rest of the money was allotted. Dokos’ attorneys denied that he engaged in wrongdoing and said that Annunciation members sought the prosecution against him to cover up their own mismanagement of the fund. Dokos is next due in court in December.

26 August 2014

Alexandra Chachkevitch

Chicago Tribune



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