DANVERS — A controversial oil dealer and landscaper who has run afoul of the law and state regulators for years got a warning from a judge Wednesday, after telling the judge he did not intend to pay a court fee.
George Davekos, 62, of 21 Atlantic Ave., Beverly, had been slated to stand trial in Salem District Court on a charge of violating a restraining order obtained by his adult son, by contacting his estranged wife and demanding that she speak to their child about dropping the order.
After his estranged wife invoked her marital privilege, however, prosecutors were forced to answer “not ready” for trial, and Davekos was granted a dismissal without prejudice in the case.
However, told that he owed $195 in probation supervision fees for the time he was on pretrial probation, Davekos balked.
“I’m not paying it,” he snapped at Judge Robert Brennan. “I have no money. I have liens on my Social Security.”
“You can do community service, then,” the judge said.
Davekos uttered an inaudible response, and that’s when the judge told him the third alternative would be to send him to jail for contempt.
Brennan then warned Davekos not to “throw attitude” at him.
At that point, Davekos’s privately retained attorney, David Fulmer, whispered to Davekos, then told the judge his client would pay within three weeks.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.