Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series about allegations of theft, illegal cannabis cultivation, impersonation and fraud.
By KAREN VELIE
After living in a home near Lake Nacimiento in north San Luis Obispo County for almost 20 years, Daniel David successfully transferred the property into his wife’s name, even though the property appears to legally belong to a man living in another county. This action that has led to allegations of forgery, fraud and theft, according to court records.
In late 2017, Daniel David rented a portion of a property at 14615 Chimney Rock Road in rural Paso Robles to two men wanting to grow cannabis while he continued to live in a home on the property. Daniel David said he offered to sell the property to the men, but Adam Macari and Ryan Smith backed out of the deal.
After Daniel David offered to sell him the property, Macari did a title search and discovered the property actually belonged to Patrick Michaels, Macari said. Shortly afterwards, Daniel David kicked Macari and Smith off the property without their belongings, Macari said.
Then on April 5, 2018, Daniel David filed an interspousal grant deed, transferring 14615 Chimney Rock Road “from Daniel David (who took title as Patrick Michaels and changed his name) an unmarried man, hereby grants to Arriela David, a married woman as her sole and separate property,” according to the interspousal grant deed.
Daniel David then transferred two other North County properties, 15750 Natoma Pass Road and 3975 Natoma Pass Road, in the name of Patrick Michaels to his wife Arriela David while claiming to have changed his name to Daniel David.
After discovering the properties were no longer in his name, Patrick Michaels from the Los Angeles area hired attorneys Don Lanson and David Hadek who filed a suit for fraud, forgery, quiet title, cancellation of deed and declaratory relief.
“The forged deeds are fabricated and fraudulent instruments, and, as such, are void and of no legal force or effect,” according to the lawsuit. “Plaintiff has never changed his name and has always been named or known as Patrick Michaels or Patrick Montoya.”
In his defense, Daniel David says he owned a business with the name Patrick Michaels and has used the name Patrick Michaesl legally. He insists the properties are his to sell, and that he currently has interested buyers.
The Los Angeles based Patrick Michaels is asking the court to determine the right, title and interest in respect to the properties. He is also seeking compensatory and punitive damages.