United States District Court, District of Columbia
May 6, 2015
Rochelle Driessen, Plaintiff,
Federal Bureau of Investigation et al., Defendants.
AMIT P. MEHTA, District Judge.
Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, has submitted a complaint and an application to proceed in forma pauperis. The application will be granted and the complaint will be dismissed. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) (requiring dismissal of a case upon a determination that the complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted).
Plaintiff, a Florida resident, alleges that the FBI informed her in February 2015 that she had won $1.5 million from the U.K. Mega Millions Lottery. She sues the FBI and the UK Lottery for allegedly depriving her of due process "by failing to transfer Plaintiff's lottery winnings from the bank registered to the lottery organization... pursuant to the Electronic Funds Transfer Act. "Compl. ¶ 1. The questionable attachments to the complaint, one of which includes a demand for a $398 processing fee that plaintiff wisely questions having to pay, see id. ¶ 9, are telltale signs of a scam. See Compl. Ex. G (directing payment of the processing fee "via Western Union" to a "cashier" in Abidjan, Ivory Coast). Indeed, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") warns against this very type and informs: "[t]he truth is that no government agency... is involved, and there are no winnings." Gov't Imposter Scams, You've "Won" a Lottery or Sweepstakes, https://www.consumer.ftc.gov The FTC further informs the public that agencies and federal employees do not "ask people to send money for prizes" and are not "permitted to ask you to wire money[.]" Id. Hence, this case will be dismissed. A separate Order accompanies this Memorandum Opinion.