In the days leading up to his estranged wife’s disappearance, Fotis Dulos apparently offered up his home to his lawyer so that he could reconnect sexually with his own wife.
Dulos has been charged in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Jennifer Dulos who vanished on May 24, shortly after dropping the couple's kids off at school. The estranged couple had been embroiled in a bitter custody battle for about two years leading up to her disappearance.
The custody battle wasn’t the only legal battle Fotis was fighting before Jennifer vanished. He was also involved in three lawsuits with Jennifer’s mom, Gloria Farber, who claims Fotis has failed to pay her back approximately $2 million he borrowed from her for his real estate development company. The Farber family filed the lawsuits in 2018.
Fotis’ friend Kent Mawhinney, 53, was his attorney for the civil lawsuits. Like Fotis, Mawhinney and his wife were having marital issues. Fotis reportedly offered a room in his home to Mawhinney so that he and his wife could be intimate and mend their relationship, according to court documents obtained by the Connecticut Post.
Fotis even contacted Mawhinney’s estranged wife to broker the meeting, a move that got Mawhinney arrested and charged for violating the terms of a protective order his wife had obtained against him, according to the Stamford Advocate. The pair had been embroiled in a bitter divorce and Mawhinney’s wife didn’t think that Mawhinney and Fotis had good intentions. She told police she thought both were attempting “to get rid of her,” according to an arrest warrant obtained by the Stamford Advocate.
"She stated that she believed that Mawhinney wanted her dead,” the warrant said.
Mawhinney requested on June 7 to stop representing Fotis in his civil case. Fotis has not been charged in connection with any of these allegations
Jennifer also reportedly feared her estranged husband.
"I am afraid of my husband,” reads an affidavit tied to an order of custody filed in June 2017, according to the Stamford Advocate. “I know that filing for divorce and filing this motion will enrage him [Fotis]. I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way.”
Fotis and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in Jennifer's disappearance. Video footage showed a man and woman matching the couple’s description dumping trash bags in multiple trash bins across Hartford. Authorities say some of the items recovered from the bags tested positive for Jennifer's blood, Both have pleaded not guilty and both are now out on bond.
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