By Nick Stamatakis
In a press statement given first to Helleniscope for immediate release, former GOA Executive Director Jerry Dimitriou expresses his dismay at the apparent attempt by the Archdiocese through a statement issued immediately after the Court sentencing order for Mr. Dimitriou, on August 3rd (link here for GOA statement). The “joyous” title of this announcement by GOA, “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Announces Guilty Plea and Sentencing of Former Executive Director Jerry Dimitriou” and the specific expressions within it that GOA “cooperated with the authorities” regarding the “unfathomable betrayal of trust by these two employees,” prove that GOA attempts a PR campaign: a) to put an end to the scandal and to avoid the apparent felonies/guilt of others (most notoriously of Karloutsos and family) and b) to “scapegoat” Jerry Dimitriou and G.Papadakos loading them with all the blame, while the main trespassers pretend they had nothing to do with it.
Notorious “theologian” Th. Kalmoukos and the “National Herald” – who have NEVER IN 45 YEARS spelled one word of even slight criticism against Karloutsos and his crime family (the crime family the whole country has now associated with good reason and plenty of proof with the Biden crime family) – for their own reasons (mainly to protect Karloutsos) were singing along the same scapegoating “tune.” But on Friday night, Jerry Dimitriou’s lawyers forced them to correct their earlier wrong statements. And to recognize that the early “embezzlement charges” against Mr.Dimitriou were dropped (link here – go to the end for J. Dimitriou’s lawyers’ statement).
This morning, we received with priority the following press statement from Jerry Dimitriou. We hope to have more information and answers to our many questions in the next few days.
JERRY DIMITRIOU’S STATEMENT
August 5, 2023 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Regarding the recent developments in the case of Jerry Dimitriou, it is important to address the misleading statements presented by The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Greek Press. In the fall of 2022, Mr. Dimitriou pled guilty to failure to pay $17,833.32 in personal taxes, and on August 2, 2023, he received a sentence of probation and 4 months of home detention for such failure.
However, it is crucial to clarify that the original charges made against Mr. Dimitriou were dropped by the Federal Prosecutors, a fact conveniently omitted in the Archdiocese’s press release and the Greek Press coverage. Instead, they have chosen to focus on unrelated losses paid by an insurance company to the Archdiocese, which have no relevance to Mr. Dimitriou’s plea and sentencing.
In doing so, the Archdiocese and the Greek Press have failed to accurately report the facts surrounding Mr. Dimitriou’s sentencing, perpetuating inaccuracies and defamatory statements about his character and his 27 years of dedicated service to The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America under the administrations of three Archbishops.
It is essential to seek transparency and truthfulness in reporting such cases, as misrepresentations can lead to misunderstandings and damage the reputations of individuals involved. The public deserves accurate information to form informed opinions, and it is imperative that the media and organizations take responsibility for presenting the facts objectively and responsibly.
END OF J.DIMITRIOU’S STATEMENT
We hope to follow up soon with more clarifications and answers from Jerry Dimitriou.
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