Melbourne lawyer John Velos appeals forgery conviction for $1.5m resort in Greece


Head of Melbourne-based firm Velos & Velos Lawyers, John Velos, will appeal a forgery conviction in a Greek court following a family legal dispute over the control of a $1.5 million hotel resort on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Sydney Morning Herald revealed that the Toorak lawyer, who has been a solicitor for over 40 years, was also the former mayor of the City of Prahran.

He was caught with allegedly committing forgery in Athens, Greece, earlier this year, which then led to a six-month prison sentence. 

His conviction stems from his actions in a family disagreement over the management of a Greek company that owns the Skoutari Beach Hotel, a seaside resort located roughly 250 kilometres southwest of Athens. It is valued at approximately $1.5 million (928,000 euros).

John Velos
Mr Velos has been a lawyer for over 40 years. Photo: Velos Criminal Lawyers.

Earlier this year, in February, he was found guilty of forgery in the Athens Court of Appeals, though he was acquitted of a separate charge related to the use of a forged document. 

He received a six-month prison sentence, valid for three years, and was ordered to pay €250 in court fees. 

These charges were brought against him in Greece mid-2020. Later that same year, Mr Velos made an unsuccessful bid for a seat as a councillor for the Stonnington City Council in Melbourne’s southeast.

Legal firm Landers & Rogers, who is representing Velos, said Velos denies any wrongdoing in the Greek criminal matter.

The firm said responsibility for the alleged criminal act instead rested with Velos’ Greek lawyer, who failed to correctly complete paperwork for the company that owned the hotel in 2017.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald. 




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

International conference brings Darwin to Greece and the world

The 4th International Conference on the Hellenic Diaspora begins on May 31 at Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Casuarina campus.

Kosmidis family’s service station chain in SA bought by industry giant

Petrol station giant BP Australia has acquired South Australian fuel and convenience retailer X Convenience from the Kosmidis family.

Melbourne businessman Demetrios ‘James’ Charisiou jailed over $395 million fraud

Demetrios 'James' Charisiou has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a fraud scheme that took $395 million from Korean investors.

Greek Community of Melbourne welcomes progress on Greek National Tourism Office

The Greek Community of Melbourne has welcomed the announcement by Greece's Ministry of Tourism on an EOT office.

SYRIZA leader Stefanos Kasselakis visits Palestine to advocate for state recognition

Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Stefanos Kasselakis is visiting Palestine from Sunday until Monday, May 26-27.

You May Also Like

First mosque in Greek capital opens doors to worshipers

The opening signified an end to the country's long record as the only European Union capital to lack a mosque.

Saint Panteleimon Greek church in Adelaide re-opens as English-speaking parish

The Parish of Saint Panteleimon in Glenelg, Adelaide, has re-opened, and introducing English-speaking services.

Shooter Anna Korakaki takes the gold at the H&N Cup in Munich

Greek Olympic gold medalist and world champion shooter Anna Korakaki won a gold medal on Friday at this year’s H&N Cup in Munich, Germany, adding another accolade to her growing collection.