The mother of missing Jennifer Dulos wants her son-in-law’s girlfriend to talk in a Connecticut case full of allegations, suits and court battles. It's messy, and at the heart of it is a missing mother of five: Dulos.
Attorneys representing Jennifer Dulos' mother are seeking to depose Michelle Troconis this week. She is the girlfriend of Jennifer's estranged husband Fotis Dulos.
Jennifer's mom, Gloria Farber, was already embroiled in a pending civil suit against her son-in-law for allegedly failing to repay her back approximately $2 million in loans he borrowed from her for his real-estate development company, before her daughter, Jennifer, went missing, the Connecticut Post reports. Now, her lawyers are trying to schedule an emergency hearing in hope that they can get Troconis to speak on the record on that suit, but Troconis’ lawyer is suspicious.
Farber’s lawyers issued a subpoena for Troconis to be deposed on Wednesday morning at the lawyers’ office to testify in connection with the civil suit against Fotis. Troconis’ attorney Andrew Bowman has objected to the deposition request, and said Troconis will be asserting her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, according to the Connecticut Post.
Bowman claimed it’s all “an attempt to gain testimony from the deponent Troconis” and that anything said in that deposition will “surely seek to turn this discovery over to the state’s attorney who is prosecuting Michelle Troconis.”
Fotis and Troconis have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the disappearance of Jennifer. 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.
It’s not clear if Troconis will speak or not on Wednesday.
Just last week, Farber won custody of the five kids her daughter had with Fotis. She had been watching them since her daughter disappeared. Jennifer was embroiled in her own court battle with Fotis before she vanished on May 24, shortly after dropping the kids off at school.
Jennifer had sole custody, because Fotis had previously exposed the kids to his new girlfriend, in violation of their custody agreement. However, Fotis had been allowed to resume some supervised visits with the children. The couple’s bitter custody battle was full of allegations — including one that Jennifer feared Fotis.
Fotis’ lawyer repeatedly claimed that Jennifer has staged her own disappearance and framed his client.
The civil suit claims that Jennifer and Fotis borrowed half a million dollars from Jennifer’s father, Hilliard Farber, who died in 2012. The loan was past due as of summer 2017, according to that lawsuit. Jennifer, like her estranged husband, was listed as a defendant in the suit, but was removed after she vanished.
A second lawsuit filed by Farber alleges that she lent Dulos $1.5 million in 2015 and that only one third of that loan was repaid. It also claims that an additional 2009 loan of $670,000 was never paid back, the Connecticut Post reports.
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