Church Treasurer Who Stole Over $400,000 from Offerings Reports to Jail

Carrie Dedrick | Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Church Treasurer Who Stole Over $400,000 from Offerings Reports to Jail

A Tennessee church treasurer reported to prison this week for stealing over $400,000 from a Knoxville church. 

Local news station WBIR reports Dimitri Christodoulou stole the money from Saint George Greek Orthodox Church during his time as treasurer from December 2010 to February 2015. The church treasurer wrote himself checks from accounts that were unauthorized by the church. 

Charisma News reports Christodoulou must now pay the stolen money back. He still owes over $200,000. 

His attorney said, "He's moving heaven and earth to pay it back." 

Christodoulou was handed a 10-year sentence. The first year will be spent in prison. After that, he will be on probation. 

Defense attorney Charme Allen said, "One of our main concerns as prosecutors is to make sure the victims of crime are made whole again. Under the terms of this agreement, we made sure Christodoulou will serve time in custody for his crime and will be supervised upon his release. Most importantly, we have retained jurisdiction over the case to make sure Christodoulou pays his restitution and the church is made whole."

Publication date: January 26, 2016