United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania
February 5, 2014
JEFFREY GIBSON, Plaintiff
FEDERAL RESERVE 13 BANKS, Defendant
YVETTE KANE, District Judge.
Pending before the Court is Plaintiff's complaint, seeking an order that the United States government take over the Federal Reserve Bank, and charge the Federal Reserve Bank with robbery (Doc. No. 1); Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. No. 2); Magistrate Judge Schwab's Report and Recommendation (Doc. No. 5); and Plaintiff's objections thereto (Doc. No. 6). For the reasons that follow, the Court will adopt the Report and Recommendation, grant Plaintiff's motion for in forma pauperis status, and dismiss Plaintiff's complaint with prejudice.
On August 30, 2013, Plaintiff filed a complaint, alleging that the Federal Reserve Bank had robbed twelve trillion dollars in gold currency from Fort Knox over the past forty years. (Doc. No. 1.) Plaintiff seeks repayment of the stolen gold bars, an order that would allow the United States government to take control of the Federal Reserve Bank, and an order charging the Federal Reserve Bank with robbery. (Id.) That same day, Plaintiff also filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis. (Doc. No. 2.) On November 20, 2013, Magistrate Judge Schwab issued a Report and Recommendation, wherein she recommended that the Court dismiss Plaintiff's complaint on the grounds that it was frivolous and failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. (Doc. No. 5 at 7.) Plaintiff timely filed objections. The matter is now ripe for disposition.
II. STANDARD OF REVIEW
Plaintiff seeks leave to proceed in forma pauperis, and filed an affidavit of poverty in support of his application. (Doc. No. 2.) The Court will grant his in forma pauperis motion for the purposes of this action. A plaintiff proceeding in forma pauperis is subject to Section 1915(e)(2), which provides that the Court "shall dismiss the case at any time if the court determines that... the action or appeal is frivolous or malicious. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i); see Grayson v. Mayview State Hosp. , 293 F.3d 103, 109 n.10 (3d Cir. 2002). A complaint is "frivolous where it lacks an arguable basis in either law or fact." Neitzke v. Williams , 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989). Determining whether a complaint should be dismissed on the grounds that it is frivolous lies within the district court's discretion. Denton v. Hernandez , 504 U.S. 25, 33 (1992).
Section 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) also mandates that a court must dismiss an in forma pauperis complaint if it fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii). At this stage, the Court must accept as true all allegations in the complaint and all reasonable inferences that can be drawn from the complaint are to be construed in the light most favorable to the plaintiff. Jordan v. Fox Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel, Inc. , 20 F.3d 1250, 1261 (3d Cir. 1994). In order for the plaintiff to state a cause of action, the Court must find that the plaintiff's factual allegations "raise a right to relief above the speculative level." Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly , 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007). When reviewing a complaint filed by a pro se litigant, the Court must liberally construe the complaint and hold it to a less stringent standard than a formal complaint drafted by a lawyer. Erickson v. Pardus , 551 U.S. 89, 94 (2007) (citation omitted).
Magistrate Judge Schwab recommends that the Court dismiss Plaintiff's complaint with prejudice on the grounds that it is frivolous, and that it also fails to state a claim for relief. (Doc. No. 5 at 7.) Plaintiff filed objections, in which he appears to simply restate the allegations in his complaint; namely, that the Court should order an account of the gold bars in Fort Knox, and that the United States should take over the Federal Reserve Bank. (Doc. No. 6.)
Having reviewed Plaintiff's complaint and objections, the Court finds that Magistrate Judge Schwab is correct in recommending that Plaintiff's complaint be dismissed with prejudice. Plaintiff claims that Defendant is robbing the United States government of its gold bars, and making United States citizens pay what amounts to a tax on those gold bars. The Court finds such a claim irrational, and lacking any arguable basis in fact or law. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i). The Court further finds that Plaintiff's complaint fails to state a claim. See id. at (e)(2)(B)(ii). Moreover, Plaintiff's request that the Court charge Defendant with robbery is also without merit. Authority to initiate a federal prosecution rests exclusively with federal prosecutors. Sahagian v. Dickey , 646 F.Supp. 1502, 1506 (W.D.Wis. 1986). Because the Court finds that amendment would be futile, see Alston v. Parker , 363 F.3d 229, 235 (3d Cir. 2004), the Court will dismiss Plaintiff's complaint with prejudice.
The Court will adopt Magistrate Judge Schwab's Report and Recommendation, dismiss Plaintiff's complaint with prejudice, and grant his request to proceed in forma pauperis.
AND NOW, on this 6TH day of February 2014, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT Magistrate Judge Schwab's Report and Recommendation (Doc. No 5) is ADOPTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT:
1. Plaintiff's complaint (Doc. No. 1) is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE;
2. Plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis in this action (Doc. No. 2) is GRANTED; and,
3. The Clerk of Court is directed to close the case.