03/02/2017
Author: Staff

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A church known for hosting the annual Pensacola Greek Festival and donating to charity has been victimized by crime. A six-figure theft has resulted in the arrest of a trusted employee, WEARTV reports. Katherine Hamilton quit her job at the Greek Orthodox Church in September. That is when members of the church looked […]

02/22/2017
Author: Tony Briscoe and Kate Thayer

A Greek Orthodox priest from Chicago who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from his church had his felony theft conviction reduced to a misdemeanor Wednesday. A judge in Milwaukee agreed to instate the lesser conviction after the Rev. James Dokos satisfied the terms of his yearlong probation, including 40 hours of community service, […]

09/12/2016
Author: David Jackson

Ukrainian Orthodox authorities have barred the pastor of a Humboldt Park church from serving as a priest following allegations that he improperly took more than $500,000 from a 93-year-old parishioner diagnosed with dementia. Nicholas Chervyatiuk has not been charged with a crime, and he has vigorously denied the allegations, made in papers filed in probate […]

08/19/2016
Author: David Jackson

Standing before the religious icons that line his Ukrainian Orthodox church in Humboldt Park, the Rev. Nicholas Chervyatiuk has ministered to followers who arrived in Chicago as refugees after surviving Nazi Germany’s prison camps. Now the Cook County public guardian is accusing the priest of improperly taking more than $500,000 from the savings of one […]

03/30/2016
Author: Kelly Noseworthy

‘The people that gave him the money trusted him. We trusted him,’ monsignor says Hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton for resettling dozens of refugees in the city has gone missing, and the diocese fears it may have been gambled away by one of its priests. Father Amer Saka, a priest at […]

07/15/2016
Author: Maria Madden

A London, Ontario priest is facing fraud charges after allegedly pocketing more than $500,000 dollars which had been intended for refugees. Police began an investigation in February after reports that money had gone missing from a refugee trust fund. According to investigators, Amer Saka of St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church defrauded 20 people, based not only in Ontario, but also […]

07/15/2016
Author: Staff

Police say the Hamilton Catholic Diocese has helped in the arrest of a priest in London. He’s been charged with fraud in the alleged theft of more than $500,000 meant for refugees. Police say 51-year-old Amer Saka obtained the money from over 20 people under the guise of a sponsorship program to bring refugee families […]

03/06/2016
Author: Staff

The Metropolis of Chicago regrets the misreporting and misrepresentation of many facts by the press and other individuals regarding the status of Rev. Fr. James Dokos. Rev. Dokos was placed on administrative leave and removed from the SS. Peter and Paul Church of Glenview, Illinois, immediately following the filing of formal charges against him. Upon […]

02/24/2016
Author: Staff

CHICAGO, IL – When Rev. James Dokos pleaded guilty on February 21 to embezzling more than $100,000 from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, there were some people who were hoping the sordid affair would now be forgotten. The feelings expressed by people like John Kass, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and also Greek Orthodox, […]

03/06/2016
Author: Staff

The Rev. James Dokos, the former pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Glenview, IL who pleaded guilty to felony theft on February 22, admitting to stealing more than $100,000 from a Greek Orthodox church has been relieved of his duties. “The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, which oversees dozens of member churches in […]