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Friday, 18 July 2014

Suspended Glenview IL GOAA Priest Expected In Milwaukee Court Today: After Missing Two Court Dates This Month, Dokos Faces Arrest Warrant If Fails To Show Today

Caught Red Handed


Fr James Dokos, the suspended senior pastor of Ss Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview IL is due in Milwaukee County court today (Friday) at 13.30 CDT on felony theft charges. Dokos faces charges of misappropriating 110,000 USD (3.9 million Roubles. 118,000 CAD. 117,000 AUD. 82,000 Euros. 65,000 UK Pounds) from a church trust fund at his previous posting at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee WI, where he served as proistamenos several years ago. The state charged him late last month and he could face 10 years imprisonment and a 25,000 USD (879,000 Roubles. 27,000 CAD. 26,600 AUD. 18,500 Euros. 14,600 UK Pounds) fine if convicted.

Dokos missed his last two court appearances. He was to have appeared before a Milwaukee County court commissioner on Thursday, 10 July, and on the following Monday, 14 July. If Dokos fails to appear today, Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney David Feiss said that he’d issue a warrant for his arrest. Feiss said he was told that Dokos had car trouble that prevented him from appearing in court on 10 July and was in hospital on 14 July. Feiss said that Dokos’ defence attorney told him Dokos is now out of hospital. He wouldn’t discuss Dokos’ medical condition. Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago officials placed Dokos on unpaid administrative leave on 20 June after Milwaukee County prosecutors filed charges.

 18 July 2014

Tom Robb

Journal & Topics Online (Chicago IL)



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Facing Class G Felony for Theft, Fr James Dokos “No Show” in Court… Again

00 James Dokos. Greek Orthodox priest. 19.06.14


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

Beverly Taylor



Thursday, 13 June 2013

13 June 2013. Fr Michael Kovach’s Health is Failing… Say a Prayer Today

00 Fr Michael Kovach. 13.06.13


Fr Michael Kovach, who’s in his nineties, is in worsening health. Say a prayer for him, and have your priest mention his name at the Proskomidi at Liturgy this Sunday. Light a candle for him, too… it’s what Christians do. The Mystery of Death… the End of Life… it’s comin’ for all of us, sooner or later. It’s one of the reasons why we’re Christians… what is, IS… there’s nothing more to say, is there?


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