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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:07 PM

Sandy Hook Hoaxer Busted By Federal Agents

Sandy Hook Hoaxer Busted By Federal Agents
Felon who claimed to be gunman Adam Lanza's uncle is collared


DECEMBER 26--A convicted felon who traveled to Newtown, Connecticut and masqueraded as the uncle of Sandy Hook Elementary School gunman Adam Lanza has been arrested on a federal probation violation charge, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Jonathan Lee Riches was busted late last week and booked into the Chester County jail. Riches, 35, has been living in West Chester, Pennsylvania since his release earlier this year from federal prison, where he spent a decade in custody for conspiracy and wire fraud.

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Riches, however, did turn up at a makeshift memorial site in Newtown, where he identified himself to reporters as “Jonathan Lanza,” uncle of the school shooter. As reported by the New York Daily News and other media outlets, he told journalists that the killer had been taking Fanapt, an antipsychotic drug prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia. As photographers snapped away, Riches (seen below) dropped to a knee and feigned praying for the young victims.

According to a U.S. District Court filing, Riches--who is serving a five-year federal probation term--is not allowed to leave Pennsylvania’s Eastern District judicial boundaries without permission from a judge or his probation officers.

More: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/jonathan-lee-riches-violated-687543


Emphasis added.

This is the one and only source of the claim that the Sandy Hook shooter was on Fanapt.

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jberryhill Dec 2012 #1
DollarBillHines Dec 2012 #2
Ruby the Liberal Dec 2012 #4
jberryhill Dec 2012 #5
Ruby the Liberal Dec 2012 #6
csziggy Dec 2012 #9
Ruby the Liberal Dec 2012 #3
angstlessk Dec 2012 #7
shintao Dec 2012 #8
Lex Dec 2012 #10

Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:18 PM

1. Why did he do that?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:25 PM

2. I was wondering same

Obviously, the guy is a grifter so he must have had some kind of scheme in mind.

Seems like a rather dim bulb.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:30 PM

4. If you are curious/bored enough

read the article. This guy is wack.

I opened this thread hoping they had found whoever opened that fake donation site for one of the child victims. This wasn't that.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:33 PM

5. I did...


Although, frankly, I'd feel better if the EDPA told him he should stay out of the district, instead of in it.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:00 PM

6. LOL!

Maybe they can petition him to be housed in Delaware.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:24 PM

9. That guy is pretty much nuts and an attention seeker

Look him up on Wikipedia - he's got a long history of lawsuits. He even sued the Guiness Book of World Records for listing him as having the most lawsuits. He's sued the Dark Ages and the Civil War in addition to just about anybody he can invent a suit against.

He also tried to insert himself into the Aurora theater shooting case but did not manage to do so as successfully as in the Newtown case.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:28 PM

3. Er yeah.

Since his release from prison in late-April, Riches has continued filing lawsuits, though he has used names other than his own, like “Gino Romano.” For example, posing as the father of actress Selena Gomez, Riches filed an October 2012 federal complaint accusing Justin Bieber of stealing his credit card and using it to pay for a “penis enlargement.”

News of the phony Bieber lawsuit came in an “Exclusive” story on the gossip site TMZ, which apparently was unaware that the complaint was concocted by Riches (whose Facebook page lists his occupation as a “Creative Writer” for TMZ).

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The third case was filed by a “Jonathan Jolie,” who sued Brad Pitt, John Travolta, and the Church of Scientology for, among other things, assaulting him. “Jolie,” who claimed to be Angelina Jolie’s cousin, wrote that he was “hiding at the Italian Embassy in New York for protection and I’m wearing a mask.”


Dude needs to rent The Sting (1972? 1973?) because he's doing it wrong.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:29 PM

7. The Riches..yes I saw that TV series..sounds just like them!

Damn....think he could have thought of a better con name?

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:40 PM

8. After you ban Assault Rifles

 

After you ban assault rifles, this insane dude off his leash will be your next shooter at Sandy Hook. He will probably use a couple of semi-auto pistols with drop out magazines, wear his cameos & war paint.

Then what are you going to ban?

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Response to shintao (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:27 PM

10. Crazy gun fantasies?

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