Jennifer Dulos' mother granted construction equipment as partial lawsuit payment

Fotis Dulos, left, is questioned by attorney Richard Weinstein, representing the estate of Hilliard Farber, during testimony in a civil case in Hartford Superior Court during his testimony in a civil case Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Hartford, Conn.

Fotis Dulos, left, is questioned by attorney Richard Weinstein, representing the estate of Hilliard Farber, during testimony in a civil case in Hartford Superior Court during his testimony in a civil case Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Hartford, Conn.

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A judge has agreed to allow a marshal to seize any personal property owned by Fotis Dulos’ high-end real estate development company to help pay a $1.9 million judgment in favor of his mother-in-law.

The Hartford Superior Court Judge this week granted attorney Richard Weinstein’s request for any personal property, such as construction equipment, associated with the Fore Group to be turned over to help pay off the debt.

Fotis Dulos died in January from an apparent suicide while facing murder, kidnapping and other charges in the death and disappearance of his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos.

Her mother, Gloria Farber, had filed the lawsuit against Fotis Dulos for unpaid business loans.

The lawsuits went to trial in December 2019, but Hartford Superior Court Judge Cesar Noble did not render the $1.9 million ruling in favor of Farber until June — six months after Fotis Dulos had died.

Since the estate of Fotis Dulos is still in probate proceedings, Farber has not received any of the money. The estate is basically insolvent with all the properties owned by Fotis Dulos and the Fore Group in foreclosure proceedings, attorneys representing the estate and Farber said.

Farber has been caring for the five Dulos children since their mother vanished on May 24, 2019. Weinstein said his client and the children will likely not receive anything from the estate.

“Any amount that we can recover will be for the children, but there won’t be much after legal fees are paid,” Weinstein said.

The judge also awarded Farber nearly $200,000 for the personal loan that Fotis Dulos used to build a palatial home at 4 Jefferson Crossing in Farmington.

Jennifer and Fotis Dulos lived there until she left with the children for New Canaan and filed for divorce in 2017. Fotis Dulos remained in the home with his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis.

Farber and her late husband, Hilliard, put up $2.4 million in family assets so Fotis and Jennifer Dulos could build the home. Farber paid off the mortgage in July 2019 as police were searching for her daughter since Fotis Dulos stopped paying the mortgage in November 2018, according to court documents. A few weeks later, Farber foreclosed on the home.

According to arrest warrants, Fotis Dulos was accused of using an employee’s pickup truck to drive to New Canaan where he was “lying in wait” for his estranged wife to return from dropping off their children at school the morning she disappeared.

Police said Jennifer Dulos was the victim of a “serious physical assault,” and based on blood and other evidence found in her garage, she would not have survived the attack without immediate medical assistance, arrest warrants state. Police said Jennifer Dulos is presumed dead, but her body has never been found, according to arrest warrants.

Later that night, Fotis Dulos and Troconis were seen on surveillance video in Hartford, the warrants state. Fotis Dulos was seen dumping bags that were later determined to contain his estranged wife’s blood and clothing, the warrants state.

Troconis and attorney Kent Mawhinney, a longtime friend and former attorney for Fotis Dulos, have each pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. They are both free on bond while their cases are pending.