Florakis Embezzlement Case to Have December Trial

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The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse
The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse

A trial date has been set in a case involving the theft of construction materials from a site in the City of Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Planning Commission Chairman Demetrios Florakis is accused of embezzling from Courthouse Construction Inc. — his partner on a construction project called City Lofts, which converted a Richmond Road hotel into apartments — and using materials on a project not associated with CCI.

Florakis faces one felony charge from the alleged incident.

At a hearing Friday, Florakis was scheduled for a two-day trial in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court starting Dec. 9.

Since Florakis was originally indicted in February 2014, that case — and a connected case against contractor James Jenkins for allegedly stealing construction materials, returning them to Lowe’s and then repurchasing them at a significantly lower price — has been beset by delays and motions.

King William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Matthew Kite was appointed as special prosecutor in December 2014 after WJCC Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green and Hampton Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Shakita Massey asked to recuse themselves from the two cases.

State Sen. Tommy Norment, who is representing Florakis in the case, told Circuit Court Judge Michael McGinty he was hesitant to try the case this calendar year due to the large number of emails — several thousand — left for his staff to examine regarding the case.

McGinty said scheduling the trial for the second week of December allowed both sides “a substantial amount of time” to prepare for the proceedings.

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