What to Know
- Fotis Dulos is the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, who has been missing since May 24. Police do not believe she's alive.
- The couple was in the midst of a divorce and custody battle at the time of Jennifer's disappearance.
- Fotis is charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. He is also facing a civil case from his father-in-law's estate.
Fotis Dulos has been handed a foreclosure lawsuit at the same time as he faces criminal charges in his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos' disappearance, and a civil lawsuit filed against him by his late father-in-law’s estate.
Jennifer Dulos has been missing since May 24. She was in the midst of a divorce and custody battle with Fotis at the time of her disappearance. Fotis and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis have each pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.
The seven-page foreclosure lawsuit claims that Fotis defaulted on the mortgage of his Farmington home. Now the attorney for his late father-in-law’s estate says it’s time to hold him accountable.
Jennifer and the couple's five children once lived in the house with Fotis, but moved to New Canaan when Jennifer and Fotis separated.
The sprawling 13,000-square foot home on Jefferson Crossing, once a place of focus for investigators in the Jennifer Dulos search, is now in foreclosure.
“He would’ve come home to find those papers in his door,” explained foreclosure defense attorney Sarah Poriss.
Poriss is not connected with Fotis’ case, but explained what could be next for the defendant.
“With this particular homeowner there’s other things going on his life, and one of the homeowners we don’t know where she is,” Poriss said.
In the complaint, a trust that took over the home’s mortgage in July, states that “Fotis Dulos defaulted on the Note and Mortgage Deed by failing to make payments due from November of 2018 through the present.”
Poriss says Fotis has at least 15 days to retain legal representation. He’ll then have to decide if he wants to go through a mediation process.
“Any homeowner who wants to retain their property and just needs help or extra time to get caught up on payments or have any of those payments restructured we often recommend that they participate in the mediation program.”
Poriss says a procedural return date of October 1 means that Dulos can stay in his home until then.
“I think any attorney who works with him should treat him like any other homeowner who they represent. I don’t think there’s anything special about this foreclosure other than media exposure and media coverage pressure on him and his finances obviously,” Poriss said.
Fotis is due in court Thursday morning for an arraignment in his latest arrest on tampering with evidence charges.
Jennifer’s mother Gloria Farber has been granted temporary custody of the couple’s children.
The investigation is ongoing. Police urge everyone with information regarding Jennifer’s disappearance to contact them. In addition to the tip line, 203-594-3544, tips and information regarding Jennifer’s disappearance can be sent to FindJenniferDulos@newcanaanct.gov and submitted anonymously at www.FindJenniferDulos.com.