Father James Dokos is a priest in the Greek Archdiocese of America (GOA), Metropolis of Chicago. In 2014 he was employed by Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, Illinois.
Prior to serving at Saints Peter and Paul, Dokos served at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for about 20 years. In the summer of 2013 the Milwaukee parish questioned how money had been distributed by Dokos from a $1.3 million trust fund set up to benefit the church. The parish first brought their concerns to the Metropolis of Chicago. After the diocese investigated and did not find any problem with the transactions, the Milwaukee church took its concerns to the district attorney’s office.
On June 19th, 2014, prosecutors announced that they would be filing criminal charges against the priest. Dokos was suspended from the priesthood without pay the following day.
Dokos appeared in court for the first time on July 18, 2014. He was released on a personal recognizance bond of $5,000, and was also ordered to appear at the county jail to be fingerprinted and photographed. On July 26, 2014, the priest entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.
On February 22, 2016, Dokos pleaded guilty to felony theft. As part of this plea, the priest admitted to stealing more than $100,000. Since Dokos repaid the money, if he stays out of trouble for a year and performs 40 hours of community service, the felony theft charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor.
The Spiritual Court of the Metropolis of Chicago recommended a one year suspension as punishment for the theft. In April of 2016 the Synod of the GOA confirmed that decision.