FLOWER MOUND — Kenneth Robinson felt comfortable laying claim to an abandoned house, but he wasn't comfortable in court. He was a no show Monday in Denton County court, and the bank won its case for eviction.
"The court has ruled in the bank's favor. Mr. Robinson has six days to appeal, but he must pay an $8,900 — approximately $8,900 bond — to appeal," said David Orvand, attorney for Bank of America.
Bank of America said it took ownership of the house in Flower Mound through a foreclosure sale in January. It says it paid more than $400,000 for the home that Robinson claimed with a $16 affidavit of adverse possession.
His original claim set off a frenzy of cases in North Texas. Eight of Robinson's followers were charged with theft or burglary in Tarrant County.
Robinson does not face charges, but Tarrant County constables continue their investigation.
"Anybody that goes around teaching about this — what we consider to be a crime — in frauding, whether it is a bank or homeowner, it is definitely a concern to us," said Constable Clint Burgess.
Robinson did not answer the door or respond to e-mails and phone calls from News 8 after the hearing. Neighbors said he loaded cars and vans on Friday night. They said they were going to throw a party once the process was complete next week.
"No one has been real happy with the situation," said Chris Custard, a neighbor who came to watch the court hearing. "People think it's unfair. You have to have a certain quality of life, you have to have jobs and go to work to be able to afford to live there, and being able to come in for $16 is not really right."
In July, Robinson told News 8 foreclosure and eviction were a possibility for all adverse possession claims, but he expected a settlement from the bank for what he called "maintaining the property."
Robinson said he was going to conduct seminars on the real estate process, and he wanted to remind potential students that it was a risky process.
"This is not one of those gambling type things," he said in July. "It's a decision. Live with. Understand your risks. Deal with it."
Bank of America says it has not and will not pay Robinson for anything.
Justice of the Peace J.W. Hand told attorneys for the bank that unless Robinson pays the $8,900 in what amounts to rent, the judge will end Robinson's adverse possession with a final eviction next week.