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More Than 3 Months After Jennifer Dulos' Disappearance, Battles Over Financial Records And Evidence Play Out In Court
Dulos' mother, Gloria Farber, is demanding a look at estranged husband Fotis Dulos' finances in their civil suit. Meanwhile, Fotis' legal team wants whatever evidence prosecutors have in their criminal case against him.
More than three months have passed since mother of five Jennifer Dulos vanished in Connecticut and as the months drag on, the case becomes more and more contentious and her family more desperate.
This week, they put out a statement for the New Canaan mother.
"The terrible reality is that Jennifer is still missing," Carrie Luft, spokesperson for Jennifer Farber Dulos' family and friends stated, according to the local Patch. "Jennifer's family and friends want the people of New Canaan to know how much we appreciate the ongoing efforts and actions of the New Canaan Police and the greater New Canaan community: candles, bracelets, flyers and more. We thank each and every one of you who is helping to keep the focus on bringing justice for Jennifer. Your support helps sustain us."
Jennifer disappeared on May 24 not long after dropping off her kids at New Canaan Country School. She and her estranged husband Fotis Dulos have five children together and they were embroiled in a heated custody battle when she vanished.
Fotis and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis have since been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution for allegedly disposing of garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in trash receptacles. They have pleaded not guilty and are out on bond. Fotis Dulos is due back in court on Sept. 13. Troconis is scheduled to be in court on Sept. 20.
This week, the attorney representing Jennifer’s mother Gloria Farber in civil lawsuits against Fotis requested he turn over all his financial records since 2017, Greenwich Time reports. Her attorney Richard Weinstein claims he has no obvious source of income nor any work lined up for his contract business and that he never paid Jennifer any child support. A mystery person from Greece, where Fotis is from, is reportedly funding his legal fees.
Fotis has refused such an examination of his finances as he seeks custody of his kids, who are currently in Farber's care.
“Even though the defendant has never paid a dime in child support in more than two years, he now seeks custody of his children, but has not revealed how he can support the children,” Weinstein said in a motion filed Tuesday, according to Greenwich Time.
Fotis and Farber have been embroiled in a legal battle over money before Jennifer even vanished. Farber filed a civil suit against her son-in-law for allegedly failing to repay her back approximately $2 million he borrowed from her for his real-estate development company.
Also this week, attorneys for Fotis filed a motion in the criminal case seeking an emergency order to force the prosecution to produce evidence so that they can build their defense.
"Mr. Dulos did not murder his wife; he did not cause her to disappear," the motion states, according to Patch. "The State is refusing to turn over evidence that will demonstrate that it would have been impossible for Mr. Dulos to do what public speculation has already tried and convicted him for doing."
Fotis’ defense repeatedly claimed that Jennifer has staged her own disappearance and framed their client. Pattis has also claimed that Jennifer stole money from his client before she disappeared.