NEW YORK – Father James Dokos, the longtime pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Milwaukee, waived his right to a preliminary hearing pertaining to charges of felony theft during an appearance in a Milwaukee County courtroom the morning of July 30.
He is scheduled to be arraigned August 26 and if convicted, Dokos faces up to 10 years in prison.
Dokos has been suspended from his duties as pastor if the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Glenview, IL, to which he was transferred in 2012.
Dokos’ lawyer, Patrick Knight, said in court on July 30 that “There are significant jurisdictional issues to address in this matter,” without specifying the issues.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Dokos is accused of improperly spending more than $100,000 from a trust fund intended to benefit Annunciation Church in Milwaukee.
Two weeks ago, at his initial court appearance, bail was set at $5,000.
“Dokos’ attorneys have denied that Dokos engaged in wrongdoing and said Annunciation members sought the prosecution against him to cover up their own mismanagement of church funds. Dokos and Knight declined to comment after the hearing,” the Tribune wrote.
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