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Pa. Man Who Posed as Adam Lanza's Uncle Has Filed 4,000 Lawsuits

A West Chester man is finding himself in some hot water after showing up in Newton, Connecticut, identifying himself as "Adam Lanza's uncle."

Jonathan Lee Riches is no stranger to lawsuits or to court. The man has filed a record number of lawsuits, estimated at more than 4,000, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Riches is now in police custody, as he was found to be in violation of his parole terms when he ventured out to Newtown.

In Newtown, Riches allegedly pretended to be the uncle of the presumed Sandy Hook Elementary School gunman, Adam Lanza. In interviews with the press, Riches told reporters that Lanza was on an antipsychotic drug called Fanapt.

Nobody quite knows why Riches allegedly violated his parole and drove down to Newtown. Similarly, there's no sound explanation as to why Riches has filed so many lawsuits in the past.

Riches spent time in prison for wire fraud and conspiracy. While in jail, he filed hundreds of frivolous lawsuits against celebrities and public figures. In one of those lawsuits, he posed as the father of Selena Gomez and accused Justin Bieber of stealing his credit card to pay for a "penis enlargement."

That story was unfortunately picked up by TMZ, reports The Smoking Gun.

RadarOnline also fell victim to one of these stories, after gaining access to a lawsuit filed by Riches under the name "Christopher Federline" that claimed Britney Spears had stolen his credit card. That suit also claimed "Christopher Federline" was the father of Brit's second child.

The lawsuit was thrown out almost immediately. But that doesn't change the fact that Riches is a serial litigant.

Or, in more legal terms, a vexatious litigant. In Pennsylvania, a person who sues on meritless lawsuits for the purpose of harassing others is termed a "vexatious litigant." Such a person can be on the hook for attorneys fees in these lawsuits.

His lawsuits weren't all brought in Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, this Pennsylvania resident hopefully won't be venturing back to Connecticut anytime soon.

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