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CrimeBefore being jailed in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, faced a downward spiral in his business and marriage

21:50  10 june  2019
21:50  10 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Before being jailed in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, faced a downward spiral in his business and marriage© Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant/TNS Michelle Troconis, 44, the girlfriend of Fotis Dulos, 51, is led into Norwalk Superior Court on Monday morning, June 3, 2019 by New Canaan police, judicial marshals and the state police. Troconis and Dulos were both arrested late Saturday night by state police detectives at a hotel in Avon and have been held on $500,000 bond pending arraignment in Norwalk Superior Court.

HARTFORD, Conn. — The image of Fotis Dulos in prison orange stands in contrast to the well-heeled developer of luxury homes sporting designer clothes. A week after his arrest on charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence in the disappearance of his estranged wife, Jennifer Farber Dulos, Fotis Dulos remains in prison, unable to post bail.

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Before being jailed in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, faced a downward spiral in his business and marriage© Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant/TNS Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother of five Jennifer Farber Dulos, is led into Norwalk Superior Court on Monday morning, June 3, 2019. Dulos has been charged in connection with the investigation into her disappearance. New Canaan police said Sunday they charged Fotis Dulos with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence, along with his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis.

For nearly two decades, Dulos moved easily among those who could afford the multimillion-dollar homes he built along Avon Mountain and other locales. By all accounts, he saw a good deal of success, winning praise from both customers and industry colleagues. But a Courant review of court and real estate records show, more recently, a clear picture of a business in trouble.

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His ventures drew strong financial backing from his father-in-law — nearly $10 million between 2004 and 2016, according to court documents. But in early 2017, those funds were cut off after his father-in-law died, squeezing cash flow. The loss of that financing also came as demand for high-end homes had weakened significantly.

Dulos’ financial problems unfolded around the same time as his marriage to Jennifer Farber Dulos was falling apart. She left their home in Farmington with her five children and filed for divorce in early 2017, claiming she had discovered his affair with international businesswoman Michelle Troconis — now facing the same charges as Fotis Dulos. Shortly after, the estate of Jennifer’s father filed a lawsuit against Dulos, claiming he owed more than $2.5 million that he hadn’t repaid from the development financing.

Before being jailed in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, faced a downward spiral in his business and marriage© Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant/TNS Michelle Troconis, 44, the girlfriend of Fotis Dulos, 51, is escorted into Norwalk Superior Court on Monday morning, June 3, 2019 by New Canaan police, judicial marshals and the state police. Troconis and Dulos were both arrested late Saturday night by state police detectives at a hotel in Avon and have been held on $500,000 bond pending arraignment in Norwalk Superior Court.

The divorce was bitter and divisive. The court file, with more than 400 motions, is full of back-and-forth allegations with each side accusing the other of ignoring court orders, threatening each other in front of the children and increasingly wild allegations of threats to kill the children or each other.

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“It’s sad, very sad,” William Ferrigno, president of Avon-based home builder Sunlight Construction Inc., said. “It’s sad all the way around. The affluence — the over-the-top affluence — it didn’t end up serving anyone’s interest at the end of the day.”

Before being jailed in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, faced a downward spiral in his business and marriage© Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant/TNS Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother of five Jennifer Farber Dulos, is escorted into Norwalk Superior Court on Monday morning, June 3, 2019. Dulos has been charged in connection with the investigation into her disappearance. New Canaan police said Sunday they charged Fotis Dulos with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence, along with his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis.

In heady times, Dulos built for the 1% and pursued the same lifestyle. Dulos and Fore Group Inc. were well-known for the lushly designed mansions in the Farmington Valley, and he aspired to establish a strong presence in Fairfield County. Dulos is listed on the company’s website as president and CEO of Fore Group Inc.

In a 2015 promotional supplement to Hartford Magazine, published by The Hartford Courant, Dulos said he wanted his homes in Hartford County to be comparable to what you’d find in Greenwich or New Canaan.

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“Spending $1.5 (million) to $2.5 million in Hartford County will buy a home that would easily command $4 million in Fairfield County,” Dulos said, in a supplement titled “Posh Properties.”

In the piece, Dulos touted 10-foot foundations for expansive lower levels, and homes “with high ceilings so the space below feels gorgeously livable.”

In development circles, Dulos is known for a flashy, brazen style. He aggressively pursued the niche of mansions for the wealthy at a time when many builders were moving toward smaller, energy-efficient homes requiring less maintenance.

Dulos’ business and his marriage were closely intertwined. The funding from his father-in-law, Hilliard Farber, boosted Dulos’ success, cutting through red tape, allowing for smooth acquisitions and leveraged more traditional bank loans.

Hilliard Farber was a former senior vice president at Chase Manhattan Bank who went on to serve as a fellow at the Brookings Institute and form his own brokerage firm, Hilliard Farber & Co.

“Mr. Farber was extremely generous to his son-in-law over the years,” Weinstein, the West Hartford attorney who represents Farber’s estate, told The Courant earlier this month.

Hilliard Farber would front his son-in-law money to buy properties, then Dulos would build high-end homes on them through Fore Group Inc. He would then sell the houses and repay the debt.

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Dulos’ Fore Group built luxury homes on the glitzy ridge cutting across Avon Mountain, with sweeping views of the valley below. His projects included a cluster of mansions on Jefferson Crossing in Farmington, a high-end renovation project on Mountain Spring Road, with other parcels waiting to be developed.

But then Fore Group stopped making the payments to Farber, according to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court by Farber’s estate. The estate of the ultra-wealthy Wall Street financier has slapped liens on at least two of Dulos’ investment properties, numbering at least seven in Connecticut.

Dulos argues in court filings that the financing from his father-in-law was a gift rather than a loan.

As his business was slipping, Fotis Dulos was becoming increasingly embroiled in an escalating divorce case and battle for the custody of the five children he had with Jennifer Farber Dulos.

The couple was married in New York in August 2004, according to court records. Both had attended Brown University.

In a divorce file bristling with 400 motions, Fotis Dulos and Jennifer Dulos traded allegations, each accusing the other of defying judge’s orders, of threatening to harm or kill each other within earshot of the children. He was plotting to kidnap the children and disappear in Greece, she said. She pressed for court orders that he turn over his Greek passport, have no contact with the children and submit to a psychiatric examination.

For his part, Fotis Dulos claimed Jennifer was going to bring in the mafia to break his legs, according to court filings. “I can have the mafia break your dad’s legs with a baseball bat,” Dulos claimed his wife said in front of the children, according to court documents. The judge ultimately rejected the mafia threats as a legitimate threat to Fotis Dulos’ safety.

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Jennifer Dulos case: Estranged husband and his girlfriend plead not guilty in connection with missing Connecticut mother's disappearance Jennifer Dulos' estranged husband and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to Dulos' disappearance in Connecticut 18 days ago. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The two were arrested June 1 and charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution in relation to her disappearance. Dulos, 50, was last seen driving a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban on May 24 in New Canaan, police said.

In a June 2017 affidavit, Jennifer Dulos said the couple had planned to move to New Canaan “in large part because of my husband’s desire to grow his business in the Fairfield County area. We listed our home for sale and planned to move to my mother’s home in Pound Ridge, N.Y.” She said the couple enrolled the children at New Canaan Country School.

But the plan exploded, Jennifer Dulos said, when she discovered in March 2017 that her husband had been having an affair with Michelle Troconis. Jennifer Dulos told her husband she intended to move with the children to Pound Ridge.

What happened next was the product of an “irrational” mind, Jennifer Dulos said in court papers:

“My husband informed me that he decided to move (Michelle Troconis) and her daughter into the marital home and enroll (Troconis’) daughter in the private school that our children had attended for the last two years. He informed me that our children and I will continue to reside in the marital home every weekend during the summer, so that we all — his paramour and her daughter included — would be together. He also informed me that he will come and go from my mother’s residence whenever he wants during the week. Essentially, he expects to exhibit complete control over me and the children.”

Jennifer Dulos in court papers also said she feared her estranged husband.

“I am afraid of my husband,” she said in a court filing. “He is dangerous and ruthless when he believes that he has been wronged. During the course of our marriage, he told me about sickening revenge fantasies and plans to cause physical harm to others who have wronged him.

In his response, Fotis Dulos denies the allegations and said his wife “is presently taking medication for mental health issues.” He said the physical safety and emotional health of the children “are of utmost importance” to him.

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Missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos' estranged husband wants seized property back amid stall in case Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, filed a motion in a Connecticut court on Tuesday to have evidence seized in the case of his wife’s disappearance returned to him. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The 51-year-old’s defense team is requesting the return of several vehicles, which include a Ford Raptor and Chevrolet Suburban, a laptop, two iPhones, a server, hard drives and personal papers, according to court documents obtained by FOX61 Hartford.

Jennifer Dulos said she was outraged to discover that Dulos had brought an unregistered gun into the house. She said she feared the children could get their hands on it. Dulos said he legally purchased the gun and intended to learn how to shoot “in case he needed to protect his family.” He said the gun was stored, unloaded, its trigger locked, in a box with three locks. But he ultimately turned the gun over to Farmington police, according to court records.

Despite the accusations, Fotis Dulos in the spring appeared to be gaining some traction in the case. He was awarded expanded visitation privileges, for example.

But on May 24, Jennifer Dulos went missing. After an exhaustive search that went on for days, authorities say video cameras along Hartford’s Albany Avenue captured a man resembling Fotis Dulos on the evening of May 24 disposing of items in dumpsters and garbage cans. The items were stained with Jennifer Dulos’ blood. He and Troconis were arrested June 1.

A few days later, Gloria Farber, Jennifer Dulos’ mother, filed for custody of the children. The children are now living with a nanny in Gloria Farber’s New York City apartment. She is one of the executors of her husband’s estate.

Michelle Troconis, free on bond, last week was interviewed by detectives investigating Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.

Now, as Fotis Dulos sits in jail awaiting his next court appearance on Tuesday, his properties have become the targets of repeated police searches.

His 14,000-square-foot home at 4 Jefferson Crossing in Farmington, part an enclave Dulos developed, is the subject of a separate legal action filed by his father-in-law’s estate. That lawsuit claims Dulos hasn’t made a mortgage payment on the home since the end of 2018, court documents show.

The estate is seeking full repayment of a $500,000 promissory note from 2012, of which nearly $180,000 is not paid. The note came due on July 1, 2017. In addition, the estate is pushing to collect the remainder of a $2.3 million mortgage, a refinancing of 4 Jefferson that Hilliard and Gloria Farber guaranteed.

The Jefferson Crossing mansion has been for sale since 2015, its original list price, $5.2 million. Since then, the asking price has dropped three times for the six-bedroom, 10-bath estate and now sits at $4.3 million. Even the lower listing price is well above the recent appraised value of $2.1 million recorded by the town.

Richard Weinstein, a West Hartford attorney representing the estate, declined to comment for this story. Dulos’ real estate attorney David Markowitz did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

In Farmington, Dulos also has been an active developer along Mountain Spring Road, where older, expansive estates are being carved up.

Dulos’ problems — splashed all over the local and national media — have already spawned at least one “vulture offer” from a buyer for one of Dulos’ properties that is for sale at 80 Mountain Spring Road, the sight of intense police searching in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos.

“I was asked to put an offer in at significantly below the list price, less than half,” said Rob Giuffria, managing broker at Tea Leaf Realty in West Hartford and a longtime agent for upscale homes. “They know what has happened. They haven’t been in it. But they like the pictures they’ve seen, and they’ve driven by it.”

The renovated 1926 Tudor estate was listed for $3 million in late 2017. The asking price has been cut twice, as recently as May 22, to its current, $2.8 million.

In addition to buying 80 Mountain Spring for $775,000 in 2016, Dulos also won approval to subdivide the property into three lots, making room for two more mansions on 2 acres-plus.

Dulos has attracted some investors for the 80 Mountain Spring development. They included a $600,000 line of credit from Henry Masiello of Coventry, R.I., and a $500,000 mortgage from Ioannis Toutziaridis of Athens, Greece, land records show. Masiello did not return a call seeking comment. Toutziaridis couldn’t be reached.

A week or so ago, a “Sold” sign appeared on one of the lots, but the town clerk in Farmington hasn’t registered a sale.

In that same area, Fore Group Inc. completed two of three houses on Olcott Way, each selling for $1.6 million in 2016. Fore Group sold the third lot in February to powerful and politically-connected construction company owner James Manafort Jr. for $250,000, at a loss to the $283,000 Fore paid in 2013, property records show.

In court documents, Jennifer Dulos is portrayed as having encouraged her husband to shift the base of the development business, Fore Group Inc., to the much more lucrative New Canaan area market, which is also close to her mother’s Pound Ridge, N.Y., compound. After filing for divorce, she moved into a New Canaan home, and Fore Group began to develop its first New Canaan venture a short distance away.

That home, at 61 Sturbridge Hill Road, has also been the subject of police searches. The five bedroom, seven bath, 9,300-square-foot home is listed at $4.7 million.

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(Courant Staff Writer Dave Altimari contributed to this story.)

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Missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos' estranged husband wants seized property back amid stall in case.
Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, filed a motion in a Connecticut court on Tuesday to have evidence seized in the case of his wife’s disappearance returned to him. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The 51-year-old’s defense team is requesting the return of several vehicles, which include a Ford Raptor and Chevrolet Suburban, a laptop, two iPhones, a server, hard drives and personal papers, according to court documents obtained by FOX61 Hartford.

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