IN RE: James E. Bowser

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

IN RE: James E. Bowser, deceased.  Eboni Imhotep, respondent;  Emigrant Bank, appellant.  (File No. 1441/14) Ganfer & Shore, LLP, New York, N.Y. (Ira Brad Matetsky and Mark A. Berman of counsel),

2016–08797

Decided: December 26, 2018

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P. JOHN M. LEVENTHAL SYLVIA O. HINDS–RADIX VALERIE BRATHWAITE NELSON, JJ. for appellant.

Argued—September 6, 2018

DECISION & ORDER

In a turnover proceeding pursuant to SCPA 2103, Emigrant Bank appeals from an order and decree (one paper) of the Surrogate's Court, Kings County (Margarita Lopez–Torres, S.), dated August 3, 2016.  The order and decree granted the petitioner's motion for summary judgment on the petition, and deemed a deed dated July 16, 2008, and a mortgage recorded on August 8, 2008, to be void ab initio.

ORDERED that the order and decree is affirmed, with costs.

The decedent, who owned a parcel of real property in Brooklyn, died in 2006.  In his will, the decedent left his estate equally to his son and to his daughter, Bernice Bowser.  The decedent's son, who predeceased the decedent, was survived by three adult children.  After the decedent died, Bernice Bowser executed a deed conveying the subject premises to herself as sole heir, obtained a loan secured by a mortgage on the premises from Emigrant Bank, and subsequently died.  The petitioner, who was one of the children of the decedent's son, commenced the instant turnover proceeding, seeking to invalidate the deed and the mortgage.  The Surrogate's Court granted the petitioner's motion for summary judgment on the petition, and deemed the deed and the mortgage to be void ab initio.  Emigrant Bank appeals.

A deed based on forgery or obtained by false pretenses is void ab initio, and a mortgage based on such a deed is likewise invalid (see Cruz v. Cruz, 37 AD3d 754, 754;  Crispino v. Greenpoint Mtge. Corp., 304 A.D.2d 608, 608–609;  Yin Wu v. Wu, 288 A.D.2d 104, 105;  Rosen v. Rosen, 243 A.D.2d 618, 619;  Filowick v. Long, 201 A.D.2d 893).  The petitioner demonstrated her entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by submitting evidence in support of her motion which demonstrated, prima facie, that the deed was obtained by false pretenses (see Cruz v. Cruz, 37 AD3d at 754;  Crispino v. Greenpoint Mtge. Corp., 304 A.D.2d at 608–609).  In opposition to the motion, Emigrant Bank failed to raise a triable issue of fact.  Accordingly, we agree with the determination of the Surrogate's Court granting the petitioner's motion for summary judgment on the petition and deeming the deed and the mortgage void ab initio.

RIVERA, J.P., LEVENTHAL, HINDS–RADIX and BRATHWAITE NELSON, JJ., concur.

ENTER:

Aprilanne Agostino

Clerk of the Court