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No-show relative of county board member gets new court date in theft case

James Moustis

James Moustis

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Updated: January 7, 2014 6:43AM

A Will County judge, following a prosecutor’s request, gave a local politician’s grandson a reprieve when he didn’t show up for court Thursday.

Nicholas R. Moustis, 23, of 21349 S. 80th Ave., Frankfort, was expected to plead guilty Thursday morning to theft. When he didn’t show, Special Prosecutor Dave Neal asked Judge Robert Livas to give Moustis another court date instead of issuing a warrant for his arrest.

Neal said Moustis was at the last court date on Nov. 7, which Neal had to reschedule.

Livas said he would hear Moustis’ case Dec. 17.

“At exactly 10 o’clock on the 17th I will call his name. If he doesn’t walk forward at 10 o’clock on the 17th, I’ll issue a warrant for his arrest,” Livas said. “I don’t care if he walks up two minutes after 10.”

Moustis faces two felony counts of theft. He is accused of taking between $500 and $10,000 from Mazher Kahn, an employee of MAK Distributors, in Mokena, on May 1.

A judge ordered a special prosecutor to handle the case because Moustis is the grandson of county board member Jim Moustis, who also is Frankfort Township supervisor.

Janet Lundquist

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