A lawsuit thought to have been filed by the man who shot former U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords in a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz. in 2011 apparently is a hoax.
Cosme Lopez, with the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Arizona, said attorneys for convicted killer Jared Lee Loughner notified the court that Loughner didn't file or authorize the lawsuit.
As reported by Tucson News Now, it had been suspected the suit could be a hoax.
Loughner is serving seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, for the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13, including Giffords.
The "suit" seeks $25 million in damages and was apparently filed in the U.S. District Court of Arizona on Friday, March 18. However, Tucson News Now reported that it is similar to the hoax court filing that Jason Brian Dalton – the Uber driver accused of killing six people in a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Mich. – allegedly filed on March 15.
Tucson News Now reported that Dalton’s fake lawsuit and the Arizona suit both bare similar traits. They both have the same three stamps in the right corner, similar handwriting styles and are postmarked in Philadelphia.
The two-page complaint obtained by the news outlet said Loughner is innocent and was "hand-picked" to be an assassin.
"My incarceration is illegal. I am actually innocent. I was framed," the complaint says.
It claims the government put a chip in his head to control his mind, and that Giffords was not actually shot. Instead, it claims she is part of a "global plot to take away our civil liberties" and it was all an act she learned by watching Ronald Reagan movies.
The complaint also refers to "the Illuminati," which it claims Giffords is a member of, and says he is being subjected to "microwave testing" and waterboarding "on defendant's direct orders."
According to a note from a federal official obtained by Tuscon News Now, the lawsuit is not in proper form and can be rejected by the court on that grounds.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.