By Nick Stamatakis

“How many iterations of this cycle of “Apostolic Succession” must we undergo before unveiling the individuals pulling the strings behind the scenes?“, asks Jerry Dimitriou, almost in desperation, in his initial response to our questions, drawing from his three decades of experience in the GOA administration.  By doing so, he points to the essence of the problems of our Church today.  I will refrain from further comments and open the discussion to all of you – but first, let me say a few words about this back-and-forth process and how it started… 

A week ago, right after his sentencing, Jerry Dimitriou allowed us to ask him any questions we would consider important about his case in writing.  This was not an easy task for me, considering his long service at the Archdiocese, spanning over three decades and three Archbishops, From Iakovos to Spyridon to Demetrios. But it was a very tempting and necessary task.  When I started writing the questions, I knew that some of them could not have a straight answer – or any answer – because the lawyers would immediately intervene for apparent reasons.  Some others would also be difficult for other reasons.

Ultimately, I decided to ask the questions freely as they came to my mind from the point of view of the GOA faithful.  Jerry Dimitriou took a week, probably among the most challenging weeks of his life, to settle his immediate affairs, and then last night, he sent us the initial response.  I underline “initial”: as you will see from the questions, the scope is so broad and touches so many issues that, hopefully, this first exchange will lead to more. Mr. Dimitriou says so at the end of his response.

This process may positively affect GOA and our community if it continues for some time.  At the minimum, it will restart a deeper dialogue with someone like Jerry Dimitriou, who has seen this Church at its best and worst.  But it is natural to hope that some solid ideas about the Church’s future will also arise from this process.

Out of a thorn, we hope to see a rose…



– Mr. Dimitriou, I am representing the view of our community when I express everyone’s relief for the end of your legal and personal nightmare.  But we all understand that this is not the end of the enormous problems for our Church and the Archdiocese.
1) A major issue is related to the apparent effort by the Archdiocese to use you as a scapegoat, loading you with all their financial trespasses in their totality. This is not new, as you notoriously stated in your letter to AB Demetrios in January 2018 (JERRY DIMITRIOU’S LETTER TO AB DEMETRIOS).  And it continued yesterday with GOA’s announcement on “the end of the legal investigation” and loading you (and Mr. Papadakos) with all the blame. How do you assess the continuation of your scapegoating by the Archdiocese?
2) In particular, you have accepted blame and will pay the price for tax evasion of about $17,000 for using the GOA credit card for personal expenses.  But it is now widely known that many others have done the same.  In particular, we have learned from our sources that the Karloutsos family (Father Alex, Presvytera Xanthi, and their son Mike) all had a GOA credit card, and they used it freely.  We have also learned that former Education Director Mr. Eftymiopoulos did the same even for paying for his groceries. Others may have done the same…  As the GOA Executive Director for many years, you have seen – and you probably have in your hands –  all the evidence regarding using the GOA credit card.  Did you share this evidence with the prosecutors? Did the prosecutors ask you for this evidence regarding the wide use of the credit cards? Would you like to talk about this in the future for the primary goal of establishing transparency and accountability in GOA?
3) GOA claims they “cooperated with the authorities” regarding the “unfathomable betrayal of trust by these two employees.”  But we all understand that “tax evasion is not theft” and to most of us, it is totally unfair for GOA to misrepresent tax evasion as theft against them. Did GOA help in the auditing of your tax returns?  Why do they limit their “cooperation” to you and Mr.Papadakos when it is widely known that the problems involve many others and many other aspects of GOA’s operations?
4) When we heard the news about a “plea bargain,” we assumed that there was something you offered to the prosecutors to achieve a lower sentence. I believe you accomplished this lower punishment by the Court ordering two years of probation. Could you let me know what you gave in return? What was “the deal”?
5) What do you think of the steps GOA is taking to establish transparency and accountability? Are they enough? How about the cash paid to the Archbishop himself, Father Alex, and others to officiate in high-profile ceremonies?  Are they declared in their tax returns (were they declared in the past between 2000-2017 during your term)? How about the priest’s cash (or other payments) for the same reason?
6) You have spoken about settling sex abuser cases previously. Should these cases be self-reported by GOA? How should they be settled in the future?  How about the priests who the Archbishop brought with him from Turkey and Greece – many of whom violate our immigration laws? Some are getting salaries from Greece while they serve in one or more GOA positions here…
7) A major dogma of our faith is forgiveness to those who admit their “trespasses”.  You have certainly admitted yours, and you deserve forgiveness.  What do you have to say for those countless “leaders” of GOA and many others who keep “trespassing” without even considering the many allegations against them, without admitting anything?
8) Given the above, do the parishes have enough grounds to stop paying their annual dues to the GOA? Can they demand that the leadership: a) establishes rules of transparency and accountability accepted by a clergy-laity congress, b) reports all those who in the past committed financial trespasses like abuse of credit cards? c) self-reports the sex abusers, and d) respects the U.S. immigration laws.
9) Last but not least:  You were in charge of Saint Nicholas construction for the initial phase, which ended in disaster.  A significant part of this disaster was the misappropriation and misuse of funds, including the substantial “fundraising commission” paid to Father Alex. Some others, like James Yatras, suggest that millions were misdirected to the Ecumenical Patriarchate (possibly as part of the Ukrainian autocephaly “project”) as in the link below:
What do you think about these issues? What do you think about “fundraising commission” as part of our Church’s charitable work?
Dear Mr. Stamatakis,

I want to express my gratitude for shedding light on the accurate sequence of events from last week and clarifying the details of my final plea. However, it is disheartening that the Archdiocese has once again strayed from its professed commitment to “transparency,” opting instead for a press release that distorts the truth and misleads readers. It’s worth noting that their silence persisted after the dismissal of the initial charges against me, only to be replaced by a carefully prepared and defamatory press release containing misleading information about their perceived “unfathomable betrayal of trust” following my sentencing.

Allow me to address the matter of the so-called “unfathomable betrayal of trust” from a personal perspective. My experience of such a betrayal was endured under the leadership of my former boss, Archbishop Demetrios, the former Archbishop of America. My tenure began with Archbishop Iakovos and continued during Archbishop Spyridon’s administration. In 1997, I left the Archdiocese due to the tumultuous period that unfolded under Archbishop Spyridon’s leadership.

However, my return to the Archdiocese was facilitated by Michael Jaharis (of Blessed Memory) and the then “new” Archbishop Demetrios. Their request for me to contribute in “rebuilding” the aftermath of the Spyridon era was accompanied by negotiations, which I intend to elaborate on at a later point. Recognizing that my service to the Church remained incomplete, I embraced a new role as Executive Director within the Archdiocese, driven by a desire to support the Church’s ministries.

As you are aware, the inception of the Archdiocese in 1922 aimed to unify the structure of the National Church and Parishes across the country, enabling them to engage in ministries that align with Christ’s Great Commission to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19, NKJV).

Our mission was clear—to bring people closer to Christ and the Church while providing impactful and meaningful ministries to nurture the faithful. In collaboration with Archbishop Demetrios, the Metropolitans, Clergy, and Laity, we introduced numerous ministries (over 11 unique programs), fostering genuine connections and genuine contributions to the Church’s growth. These initiatives were spearheaded by proficient and trained Clergy and Laity, channeling their dedication towards impactful work.

Regrettably, many of these once-thriving ministries have dwindled or vanished under the present administration, due to purported funding constraints. This is particularly concerning as these ministries were sustained by the dedicated Stewardship contributions of our communities. The diminished scope of these initiatives stems from reasons that will inevitably come to light.

Those responsible for orchestrating this misleading scenario, reminiscent of Judas’ actions, will eventually be held accountable for their deeds. It’s worth noting that Demetrios’ downfall was a consequence of misplaced trust in affluent, self-centered donors, leading to his eventual dismissal by the Church’s “Holy and Apostolic Leadership.”

This narrative of upheaval has sadly reoccurred since Archbishop Iakovos’ retirement in 1996. How many iterations of this cycle of “Apostolic Succession” must we undergo before unveiling the individuals pulling the strings behind the scenes?

The irony is striking—the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones” fails to capture the essence of the true “Hierarchical Game of Thrones” within our Church. Although it may not involve dragons or an “Iron” throne, it will undoubtedly feature numerous Crowns and Thrones.

Mr. Stamatakis, I’m thankful for your reporting thus far. I’ll pause my comments here for now, as there’s more to convey at an appropriate time and place. With 27 years of behind-the-scenes insights into both Patriarchal and Archdiocesan dynamics, a much more compelling narrative is poised to emerge.

Thank you for your reporting, and for understanding that, for now, this is where I’ll end my comments…

Jerry Dimitriou

August 11, 2023,

DISCLAIMER: The views and statements expressed in this article constitute constitutionally protected opinions of this author.



  1. Outrageous what Karloutsos crime family keeps getting away with…they too used GOA
    credit cards — but it’s Jerry who gets used as the scapegoat.
    Maybe Jerry should write a book from all he’s seen of Archdiocese?

    • Quite fascinating Dimitriou was not indicted or charged of the alleged mismanagement of the Saint Nicholas at Ground zero funds? Does that mean that there was no mismanagement there? I am curious… Using corporate credit cards is not a crime, the GOA uses such side perks to subsidize the salaries of its employees… I e it allows them parking space, apartments etc… Not reporting your income to a most corrupt tyrranical government is an act of resistance that should be applauded not frowned upon… Isn’t that what the Boston tea party was about which laid the foundational principles off Freedom and Liberty from tyrranical government for this god forsaken country? I think FOIAs to the Department of Injustice are in order to figure out how come others who behaved in the same way as Dimitriou have not been charged… Equal Justice under the law… Yeah right!

  2. I think the questions were wise. I think this interview is going to start the ball rolling. The GOA fumigation of hierarchal shenanigans is so huge…well the time has come to fumigate.

  3. I bet Jerry would receive quite a significant windfall from book pre sale proceeds should he decide to author up some of the juicy details from “behind the scenes” at the archdiocese.

    Meanwhile, another worthwhile read from Helleniscope on keeping the pressure on the Archdiocese for transparency. One way or the other, the truth will prevail!
    Lord we pray that Jerry remains safe in the meantime.

  4. …”before unveiling the individuals pulling the strings behind the scenes”?
    Jerry tell us more.
    Praying spirit of Archbishop Iakovos
    blasts thru & exposes all

  5. I am not associated with any of it. I am a Greek Orthodox faithful, concerned enough to find and study the court records. The court records are public: US v. Dimitriou, 19-cr-894. He was arrested on charges of two fraud schemes: “each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison” (according to the arrest record, 25 Nov 2019). A grand jury returned an indictment “containing the same two counts”; but “the defendant waived Indictment” to avoid a grand jury trial (according to the court’s letter of sentencing, 26 July 2023). He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge: tax evasion related to the income he received but did not declare from his use of his corporate credit card for personal expenses (ibid.). The letter of sentencing is specific: “While serving as the Executive Director of GOAA, the defendant used a corporate credit card to pay for at least approximately $63,692 worth of personal expenses for himself and his family […]. The defendant charged these purchases to GOAA, which paid them. The income […] was in addition to his substantial salary payments from GOAA, which ranged from approximately $396,000 to $450,000 per year from 2013 through 2017” (ibid.). An innocent sort of a scapegoat? Dimitriou has been convicted. If others abused their positions of trust more than he did and apparently far more-so, then he was a crook among crooks; and if they threw him under the bus, then so be it. All of them will have to give account eventually, this one first.

  6. The point you are missing is that – as we suspect – the Feds were instructed to cover up everybody else’s blame, probably aiming to cover Karloutsos & Co, as they were involved with the Biden crime family and the now failed plot in Ukraine…if you miss this possibility you are simply naive or wilfully blind. Then you ignore the fact that this is America and you cannot accuse someone for crimes he was declared innocent of or proven non guilty. Dimitriou’s is such a case and this is why GOA likely committed defamation in the press release they issued.

    Finally, you shouldn’t pick and choose from the legal docs. You should also add that when Dimitriou started his career in GOA the annual revenues were about $5 million and when he left (and likely thanks mostly to his decisions) it grew to over $20 million.

  7. The revenues in GOA increased from 5 mil$ to 20mil$ thanks to the LEADERSHIP100 that Karloutsos helped establish and has more than 1000 members , bless them!

    • Leonidas, no need to mislead anyone. Karloutsos first helped himself with his commission. I don’t think L100 money is not part of regular GOA budget – and there is a good reason for L100, that was established as an independent entity by AB Iakovos. Do you have any idea how much the Karloutsos family charged on the GOA credit cards annually? The amount is in the hundreds of thousands! This is something to blow your mind and not Jerry Dimitriou’s salary…
      And something else to blow your mind: Since Karloutsos and Efthymiopoulos and others had the GOA credit card, why the prosecutors did not charge them? They had all the evidence in their hands – have no doubt. And they could subpoena more evidence from American Express. WHY THE PROSECUTORS DID NOT CHARGE THEM? Maybe because the Karloutsos family (Father and Son) were entangled in the same Ukraine scandals, where the Biden crime family is involved? Answer these questions first before anything else. Let’s have a fair dialogue.

    • Leonidas,

      Have you been to a clergy-laity convention? Have you seen how “representatives” of parishes that actually don’t want more “taxes” go ahead and “vote yes” on the last day after they have been “wined and dined”, just so they can catch their flights, without realizing or caring that they are voting to increase the “tax” on their own parish in order to support the “ballooning” budget?

      Of course, their parishioners never find out what really happened…if they did, they should have held these “representatives” personally accountable for the “shortfall” they voted for…(they are free to donate their own wealth, but it is unethical to make others donate more against their will)

      You are quite delusional if you really attribute the aforementioned “annual revenue increases” to “accomplishments” of a single individual or to Leadership100…

    • Leonidas, the organic growth of the Archdiocese from the grassroots i.e increasing community membership and engagement is the ONLY healthy way to grow the Church… Bringing in corrupt money by in name only Greeks and/or Christians like many of those in the so called leadership 100 will doom the Church as it’s already happening. I doubt both the motives, knowledge and commitment of these ass-licking and ass-bending so called leaders… You cannot make the multi millions or billions they make without exploiting workers, without cheating customers and without engaging in slavery and thievery techniques… In other words these people should be on the margins of our communities not at the lead. Catch my drift?

  8. Reminds me of the attempted Biden family coverup… That’s why White House resident Biden gave a medal of disHONOR to Karloutsos…


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