United States of America v. 129 Reservoir Ridge Drive, Cullowhee, NC
CONSENT ORDER REGARDING CLAIM OF FLAGSTAR BANK, FSB: The parties' 34 Consent Motion is GRANTED, and Flagstar's Claim 19 is GRANTED in as much as the parties agree that any order or agreement to forfeit or sell the Defendant Property, judicial or otherwise, shall be subject to the Note and Deed of Trust. Signed by District Judge Martin Reidinger on 3/30/2020. (khm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
CIVIL NO. 1:18-cv-00117-MR-WCM
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
) CONSENT ORDER REGARDING
) CLAIM OF FLAGSTAR BANK,
129 RESERVOIR RIDGE DRIVE
THIS MATTER is before the Court on the parties’ Consent Motion
Regarding Claim of Flagstar Bank, FSB (“Flagstar”).
The parties have stipulated and agreed to, and the Court finds, the
following facts. On May 1, 2018, the United States filed this civil in rem
action, which seeks forfeiture of a residence located at 129 Reservoir Ridge
Drive, Cullowhee, NC (the “Defendant Property”).
On June 28,
2011, the Claimant Mark Miller (“Miller”) borrowed the original principal sum
of $152,070.00 by means of a promissory note originally payable to
Mortgage Makers, Inc. (“the Note”). A copy of the Note was attached as
Exhibit B to the claim filed by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“Chase”) on July
As security for repayment of the Note, Miller
conveyed a Deed of Trust concerning the Defendant Property, which was
recorded in Book 1898 at Page 778 of the Jackson County Registry.
On or about December 4, 2018, Chase transferred the Note to
Lakeview Loan Servicing, LLC (“Lakeview”). Lakeview is in possession of
and control of the Note. Lakeview appointed Flagstar a limited power of
attorney to enforce the Note, and Flagstar thus asserts an interest in the
Miller and Flagstar have filed claims concerning the Defendant
[See Docs. 8, 12 1 ].
While Flagstar does not contest the
forfeiture of the Defendant Property, Flagstar seeks to protect its interest in
the Defendant Property in the event that there is any failure to pay the Note
or if the Note is not paid in full as a result of any forfeiture sale or other
resolution of this action.
The parties agree that any order or agreement to
forfeit or sell the Defendant Property, judicial or otherwise, shall be subject
to the Note and Deed of Trust.
Flagstar agrees that the United States
reserves the right to terminate this forfeiture action at any time.
Chase initially filed a claim concerning the Defendant Property. [Doc. 12].
Subsequently, Flagstar moved to be substituted as the claimant in place of Chase [Doc.
19], which the Court allowed [Doc. 23].
Accordingly, the Court will grant Flagstar’s Claim.
directed by an order of the Court, Flagstar shall be excused and relieved
from further participation in this action.
The parties agree to bear their own
costs, including attorney’s fees, in connection with Flagstar’s Claim. This
Consent Order does not resolve Miller’s Claim, which remains pending.
Litigation between the United States and Miller is ongoing.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that the parties’ Consent Motion [Doc.
34] is GRANTED, and Flagstar’s Claim [Doc. 19] is GRANTED in as much
as the parties agree that any order or agreement to forfeit or sell the
Defendant Property, judicial or otherwise, shall be subject to the Note and
Deed of Trust.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed: March 30, 2020
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