Nicholas Moustis' grandfather might be a big shot on the county board and the top man in Frankfort Township, but that apparently didn't count for much when it came time for the young man to hire a lawyer.
Moustis, 23, of Frankfort had a public defender appointed to take his case when he made his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Little happened at the hearing as the special prosecutor assigned to the case, Dave Neal, was not able to attend. Neal was appointed due to the position of Moustis' grandfather, Will County Board Republican Chairman Jim Moustis. Jim Moustis is also the Frankfort Township supervisor.
Nicholas Moustis allegedly stole more than $3,600 from his employer, a Mokena wholesale cigarette distributor. The criminal complaint against Nicholas Moustis identified the victim of the theft as Mazher Khan.
Khan, incidentally, has legal trouble of his own and is set to be sentenced in July—possibly to federal prison—for contraband cigarette trafficking.
Nicholas Moustis is free on $15,000 bond.
Nicholas Moustis is not the first Moustis in recent years to be tried by a special prosecutor. His uncle—Jim Moustis' son—Matthew Moustis was charged with stabbing a Mokena teen in the chest in July 2010.
The Mokena teen, who is now 21, told police Moustis attacked and knifed him over a girl. The special prosecutor appointed to that case, Charles Colburn, dropped the charge against Matthew Moustis in December 2010. Colburn moved to dismiss the case after a grand jury declined to indict Matthew Moustis.