HARTFORD, CT – As the search for the missing Connecticut mom of five, Jennifer Farber Dulos, continues, ex-husband Fotis Dulos is set to face a civil trial against his mother-in-law over millions of dollars he allegedly owes the family, the Hartford Courant reported. The trial is set to begin on December 3 in Hartford Superior Court, but Dulos’ former girlfriend Michelle Troconis will not be testifying, the Courant reported, adding that “the trial is expected to take at least three days and will be held before a judge and not a jury.”
Gloria Farber, mother of Jennifer, who has been missing since May 24, is represented by her lawyer, Richard Weinstein, who “submitted a proposed witness list this week that doesn’t include Troconis,” the Courant reported on November 21, adding that “Troconis, like Dulos, has been charged twice with tampering with evidence in connection with the disappearance.”
Weinstein, according to the report, “has been fighting to get Troconis to answer questions about what she knows about the business dealings of the Fore Group, Dulos’ home construction company,” and “during a recent deposition she refused to answer his questions, citing the Fifth Amendment, which protects her from self-incrimination.”
Troconis’ attorney, Andrew Bowman, “has said in court papers that she advised her to take the Fifth because he is concerned she could face conspiracy to murder charges for the disappearance of Farber Dulos and any questions surrounding her relationship with him could be used against her,” the Courant reported.
“Dulos has been charged twice with tampering with evidence and is free on a combined $1 million bond,” while “Troconis also has been charged twice and is free on a combined $600,000 bond,” the Courant reported.
After breaking up with Dulos, Troconis moved her things out of the Jefferson Court home in Farmington where they lived together, and which “is one of the properties under dispute in the civil trial,” the Courant reported.
According to the report, “The lawsuit alleges that Hillard Farber, Gloria’s husband, transferred approximately $10 million to Fore Group and that Fore Group transferred approximately $7.3 million back to Farber,” and “Hillard Farber has since died and Gloria as executor of his estate is the plaintiff in this case.”
“The lawsuit claims that the amounts transferred were loans and seeks to recover approximately $2,541,831,” the Courant reported, adding that “Dulos claims that the money was given to him as a gift.”
Dulos is likely to testify in the case as he is listed as a defense witness and gave a deposition while Troconis is not listed for either side in the case, could be called as a rebuttal witness by Weinstein, the Courant reported.
Weinstein has “questioned Dulos’ finances, saying that he believes a Greek benefactor is covering the cost of the lawyers representing Dulos in his criminal, civil and family court cases,” the Courant reported, adding that “he has tried unsuccessfully to subpoena attorney Norm Pattis, Dulos’ criminal attorney, to reveal how he is being paid by his client.”
Weinstein also asked Troconis “about personal credit card purchases using cards in the name of the Fore Group” and “who paid for recent trips to such places as Spain, Greece, and Colorado.” the Courant reported.
On November 24, the family of Jennifer Farber Dulos released a statement to mark the six months since her disappearance. “It has now been six months since Jennifer Farber Dulos was reported missing. That this milestone coincides with the Thanksgiving holiday challenges us to pause and give thanks, in spite of this tragedy,” family friend Carrie Luft said, the Courant reported. “In honor of Jennifer, we encourage acts of caring and generosity this holiday season, whether donations to a local food bank or shelter or other gestures of compassion. Hug your loved ones close and extend a hand to a stranger.
“We give thanks that Jennifer’s children are healthy and well. We give thanks that they share their mother’s deep sense of empathy and curiosity about the world around them. And, as ever, we are deeply thankful to the New Canaan and Connecticut State police for their ongoing efforts to solve this case and bring those responsible to justice.”