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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Ordered to Stand Trial… Fr James Dokos, Accused of Stealing from Church in Wauwatosa

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A former Milwaukee-area priest accused of stealing from his church will stand trial. On Wednesday morning, Fr James Dokos was in facing charges of felony theft. Prosecutors say that he took more than 100,000 USD (3.56 million Roubles. 109,000 CAD. 107,500 AUD. 75,000 Euros. 59,000 UK Pounds) from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa WI when he was priest there. If convicted, Dokos faces up to 10 years in prison. He’ll be back in court in September… when he’s expected to enter a plea.

30 July 2014

Katie DeLong

Fox 6 Now

http://fox6now.com/2014/07/30/ordered-to-stand-trial-father-james-dokos-accused-of-stealing-from-church-in-wauwatosa/

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Monday, 21 July 2014

“It’s Very Hard”: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Trying to Move on after Priest Accused of Embezzling

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Bouncing back after an alleged embezzlement, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee WI is trying to revive itself after falling into a financial slump. This happens at the same time as a former priest faces charges of improperly spending thousands of dollars from a church trust fund. James Dokos faces a Class G felony charge of theft (embezzlement), value exceeding 10,000 USD (352,000 Roubles. 10,750 CAD. 10,650 AUD. 7,400 Euros. 5,850 UK Pounds), and he was a “no show” for his first two court appearances. Prosecutors accuse 62-year-old Dokos of tapping into an Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church trust fund… to the tune of about 100,000 USD (3.52 million Roubles. 107,500 CAD. 106,500 AUD. 74,000 Euros. 58,500 UK Pounds). The GOAA Chicago Metropolis transferred Dokos to Ss Peter and Paul Church in Glenview IL in 2012, his most recent parish.

Last month, the church placed Dokos on unpaid administrative leave and suspended him from his duties as parish priest at the church in Glenview. Members of Annunciation parish said that they’ve experienced a myriad of emotions since learning of the allegations against Dokos. One member said, “I’m just very saddened. It’s very hard”. Church member Despina Panos said, “He was very good to us. I don’t know. I still don’t believe it happened”. Current priest Fr Angelo Artemas said, “When we realised that there were financial difficulties here and that there was a trust involved, it was very disheartening and all these circumstances have been very sad for us. We are experiencing some financial difficulties”. Fr Angelo said that the alleged theft, carried out by someone so trusted within the church is an unfortunate thing, but he said that he has full trust in the court system, noting, “This is America. Everybody’s entitled to their defence as well, and our sincere prayers are with Fr Jim Dokos as well”. Others are looking toward their faith… praying justice is served. Panos said, “Only God knows the truth, and He’ll give us the answers”.

Lately, it’s been difficult to even get Dokos in front of a judge. He was a “no show” for his first two scheduled court appearances… claiming that he missed them due to car problems and an illness. He finally showed up for his initial court appearance on Friday, 18 July. As Dokos moves through the court system, members of Annunciation parish said that they’re just trying to move on. Church member Constantine Stamantelakys said, “We just really want to move on. We really come here to worship and believe in Jesus and that’s what it’s all about. We’ll survive”. The court ordered Dokos booked and released by 15.00 Saturday, 19 July. If he failed to appear, it’d issue a bench warrant for his arrest.

20 July 2014

Derica Williams

Fox6Now.com

http://fox6now.com/2014/07/20/its-very-hard-annunciation-greek-orthodox-church-trying-to-move-on-after-priest-accused-of-embezzling/

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Former Annunciation Greek Orthodox Priest Finally Appears in Court

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The third time was a charm for a priest accused of embezzling six figures from his former Milwaukee church. Fr James Dokos appeared in court Friday afternoon after missing two earlier hearings. Dokos missed his first court appearance because his car broke down, and the second because he was in hospital. The court commissioner warned that if he failed to show up Friday, he’d send him to jail. Dokos’ attorney wouldn’t answer any questions before the hearing, saying, “We’re not going to be making any statements. We’ve got to get into court”. An elderly couple left more than 1 million USD (35 million Roubles. 1,075,000 CAD. 1,065,000 AUD. 740,000 Euros. 586,000 UK Pounds) in their estate to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, naming Dokos as trustee. Prosecutors said that he improperly used more than 100,000 USD (3.5 million Roubles. 107,500 CAD. 106,500 AUD. 74,000 Euros. 58,600 UK Pounds) to fuel a luxury lifestyle. Former church secretary Stephanie Rauch said, “They wanted it to go to the church, to the cultural centre”. Rauch said that she came to court looking for answers. She said that couple adored Dokos, noting, “God rest their souls. They’re probably turning for what he did with their money, which belonged to the church”. Dokos left Annunciation two years ago for a church near Chicago IL. After court, Dokos headed to the County Jail, where they fingerprinted him and took his mug shot. Dokos is free on a signature bond. He’s due back in court in two weeks.

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Colleen Henry

18 July 2014

WISN 12 ABC (Milwaukee WI USA)

http://www.wisn.com/news/former-annunciation-greek-orthodox-greek-church-priest-finally-appears-in-court/27032978#!bh3Lzm

Friday, 18 July 2014

GOAA Priest Accused of Stealing from Church Makes First Appearance in Milwaukee Court

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Fr James Dokos was a no-show for his first two scheduled court appearances on theft charges. However, he was there for his initial appearance on Friday, 18 July. Prosecutors say Dokos took more than 100,000 USD (3.5 million Roubles. 107,400 CAD. 106,500 AUD. 74,000 Euros. 58,600 UK Pounds) from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church when he was a priest there. He’s due back in court on 30 July for his preliminary hearing. If convicted, Dokos faces up to ten years in prison. Dokos claims that he missed his first two appearances due to car problems and an illness.

18 July 2014

Cary Docter

Fox6Now.com

http://fox6now.com/2014/07/18/priest-accused-of-stealing-from-church-makes-his-first-appearance-in-court/

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