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Mystery Benefactor From Greece Is Funding Fotis Dulos' High-Profile Defense In Jennifer Dulos Case
The lawyer representing Jennifer Dulos' mother Gloria Farber wants to know who is footing Fotis Dulos' legal bills.
A contentious missing persons case in Connecticut already tainted by a series of bizarre accusations continues to get weirder.
The most recent issue: who is paying the legal bills for Fotis Dulos, whose estranged wife Jennifer Dulos has been missing since May?
That's what the lawyer representing Jennifer's mother Gloria Farber in a civil case against Fotis wants to know. Richard Weinstein submitted a court motion Thursday demanding Fotis reveal who is paying for his legal fees, the Stamford Advocate reports.
Weinstein noted that Fotis claimed he has no idea who is paying for his high-profile defense team — which includes Norm Pattis, the same lawyer who defended controversial radio show host Alex Jones in his defamation case — only that it was being paid for by someone in Greece, where he grew up.
Fotis and Farber have been embroiled in a legal battle over money before Jennifer even vanished. Farber had a pending 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.
The question of who is bankrolling Fotis' defense team is part of a larger argument over the state of his finances; Weinstein accused Fotis and his lawyers of downplaying the existing financial problem of him and his company, according to the Advocate. Weinstein also blasted Fotis' team for creating a “media road show,” in Jennifer's disappearance case, accusing them of trying to litigate the case in the media.
Jennifer disappeared on May 24 not long after dropping off her kids at New Canaan Country School. She and Fotis have five children together. The couple were embroiled in a heated custody battle over them when she vanished.
Fotis, 51 and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, 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.
Farber won custody of her grandchildren in the wake of Fotis' arrest. She had been watching them since her daughter disappeared.
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.
"We’re aware of a lot of missing money that was taken from Mr. Dulos’ accounts by Jennifer," Pattis alleged in court earlier this month.