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Crime & Courts

Police: Stalking suspect committed fraud

John Cassimatis, 72, DeKalb, was charged over the weekend with receiving public assistance for renting a room in Kingston.
John Cassimatis, 72, DeKalb, was charged over the weekend with receiving public assistance for renting a room in Kingston.

SYCAMORE – A 72-year-old DeKalb man faces criminal charges for allegedly receiving public aid after falsely claiming to rent a room in a house that belongs to an ex-girlfriend he is accused of stalking.

John Cassimatis, of the 1100 block of Rushmoore Drive, allegedly received $300 from the DeKalb County Community Services Department and $200 from St. Vincent de Paul after lying in January about renting a room in the woman’s house in the 8900 block of Base Line Road outside Kingston, court records show.

He was charged Saturday with two counts of fraud. It was not clear from the criminal complaint why he was receiving the public assistance.

Earlier this month, Cassimatis was charged with aggravated stalking, stalking and violating an order of protection. He allegedly drove by the home on Base Line Road on March 21 and April 4, and put his ex-girlfriend under surveillance at Walmart, court records show. He also is accused of having someone take photographs of the home and the barns on the property and return the camera with the photographs.

The most serious charge against Cassimatis, aggravated stalking, typically is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Cassimatis’ ex-girlfriend received an order of protection against him in April 2011 after she said he slapped her in the face, refused to return her car keys and pulled her down six stairs, court records show.

She also claimed he had taken money out of her checking account to pay his bills without her permission and demanded she give him more money, court records show.

Cassimatis was convicted May 30 of aggravated stalking in Kane County and was sentenced to probation, court records show.

Cassimatis is expected to ask a judge to reduce his bail today. He would need to post $12,500 to be released while the charges are pending.

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