In Matter of Mayrich Constr. Co. v. Oliver LLC, the Appellate Division was confronted with a trust fund diversion claim against a borrower of mortgage funds. The Court found that the mortgages at issue were obtained for the purpose of acquiring real property and rights noting that "neither [mortgage] contains an express promise...to improve real property." Citing to Lien Law Section 70(1), the Court held that no funds were received by the borrower "under or in connection with a contract for an improvement of real property" and, therefore, found that Lien Law Article 3-A was not applicable. The Court also noted that there mere recording of a mortgage during the statutory period did not render the proceeds trust funds nor did the presence of a Lien Law Section 13 covenant in the mortgage.
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