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Jonathan Lee Riches Impersonates Adam Lanza's Uncle, 'Jonathan Lanza,' Gets Arrested

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A man who allegedly impersonated the uncle of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza has been arrested.

Jonathan Lee Riches drove to Newtown, Conn. two days after the massacre, the Smoking Gun reported. The 35-year-old showed up at a memorial site and claimed to be "Jonathan Lanza," Adam Lanza's uncle. Posing as Jonathan Lanza, Riches told reporters from the New York Daily News that Adam Lanza had been prescribed Fanapt, an antipsychotic drug.

After learning that "Jonathan Lanza" was a phony, the New York Daily news removed the article from its website. References to the original, however, remain around the Internet.

Riches was arrested a few days later -- for violating federal probation. Riches is currently serving five-years probation for conspiracy and wire fraud, and the terms prohibit him from leaving the judicial boundaries of Pennsylvania's Eastern District without permission.

Needless to say, he did not have permission for his jaunt to Connecticut.

This is by no means the first time Riches has made headlines. The former inmate is well-known for filing thousands of absurd lawsuits over the past decade.

Earlier this year, he filed a suit against Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, claiming he stumbled upon them at an Al-Qaeda "secret training camp." He also alleged that Kim Kardashian had taken his virginity.

According to the Spokesman, Riches has also filed lawsuits against the Eiffel Tower, the Lincoln Memorial, James Hoffa, "Various Buddhist Monks" and Nostradamus.

In 2009, he even sued Guinness World Records for allegedly intending to name him the world's "most litigious" person, the Associated Press reported.

In Riches v. the Guinness Book of Records, he claimed Guinness had sent him a letter about the record, and that the organization was going to call him names like "the Patrick Ewing of Suing," and that those epithets "hurt my feelings and violate my civil rights."

Guinness asserts they never sent such a letter.

"Jonathan Lee Riches is not a record holder, and a category for the most litigious man is not something Guinness World Records has ever monitored as a record category." Guinness spokesperson Sara Wilcox told The Huffington Post in an email.

The case -- like the vast majority of Riches' suit -- was dismissed.

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