EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): It seems that the pandemic was beneficial to the case of the former GOA Finance Director, which has been postponed and postponed forever, offering plenty of time for …deliberations and other calculations behind the scenes. It’s obvious that Jerry Dimitriou is NOT cooperating within the framework of the plea bargain agreement offered to him in November 2019 and, according to the report below, US attorney Michael Neff is now thinking to extend his sentencing to 4-5 years in jail (it was initially thought that with his cooperation the jail sentence would be about 24 months).
Many questions come to mind, regarding the position taken by Jerry Dimitriou: If he is not “talking” to the Feds, is he part of an effort to put the case to rest? What is he getting in exchange for his silence? If someone is willing to go to jail for 4-5 years then he must be negotiating something… But there is a possibility that he is dragging his feet until the appropriate timing comes around when opening his mouth and sharing with the authorities what he knows will get him maximum advantage… Maybe just a few months in jail and a fine… In order for such a small sentence to be decided he has to probably serve to the Feds a very big fish on a platter…
We all know that there is only a couple of very big fish in GOA…
By Matthew Russell Lee (Inner City Press)
SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 3 – When the former executive director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America Jerome Dimitriou was presented on November 25, 2019 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger, he was still in the checked shirt he was wearing when arrested at 6 am.
He left the Archdiocese in 2017 and has for some unspecified period since negotiated with the US Attorney’s office about his use of funds in the position. His retained lawyer Nathaniel Marmur on November 25 cited a 24-month sentencing guideline if guilty.
Assistant US Attorney Michael Neff said that was never offered, and that further investigation might result in an increase to their estimate of a sentencing guideline of 51 to 71 months, or 41 to 51 if acceptance of responsibility, that is, a guilty plea.
Judge Lehrburger bailed Dimitriou for $150,000 with two co-signers and a gun to be turned in on or before November 26. He left pre-trial supervision “as directed,” saying it is up to them.
Afterward, Inner City Press asked Dimitrou’s lawyer Nathanael Marmur how long the negotiations with the US Attorney’s Office continued. While that was not answered on the record, to his credit he said his client has been dedicated to the Church and looked forward to all the facts coming out.
On December 3 Dimitriou appeared again, now before District Judge Katherine Polk Failla. Inner City Press called it, and when asked muted its line.
We can report that Dimitriou was given a trial date… in 2020. January 10, 2020, to be exact – more than a year out, due to the backlog of trials occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and the prioritization of detained defendants.