A Staten Island mother has filed a $900 trillion federal suit against the City of New York for taking away her two children and putting them in a foster home over three years ago.
Fausat Ogunbayo, 46, filed documents in court last week accusing the Administration of Children's Services and the city for causing her economic hardship, substantial economic injuries (worth $900 trillion?) and violating her and her children's civil rights, according to Forbes.
Her sons were taken away in June 2008 and are now 16- and 13-years old. The children both remain in ACS custody due to a petition pending in Family Court, according to the city Law Department.
According to the Staten Island Advance: Ms. Ogunbayo alleges she and her children have suffered 'over three years of terror, horror, grievous harm, time lost, substantial economic hardship and injuries' due to their separation. Now she wants $900 trillion to make up for it.
In removing the boys, the city contended Ms. Ogunbayo was mentally unstable and had refused treatment, said court papers. She allegedly suffered from hallucinations and delusions, and also left the boys at home alone for extended periods while she was working, the city maintained.
The mother, who is representing herself, has called the allegations against her a huge lie. In her complaint, she argues that government officials recklessly disregarded her right to family integrity and thus caused her children emotional and mental distress.
Ogunbayo works for Hertz and is seeking the 15-figure payout as reparation; though, $900 trillion is an astronomical number. It's hard to even take it seriously, says a spokesperson for the city Law Department. There may be a case, which is for a court of law to decide, but that's a made-up number.
According to Forbes, the largest City settlement came in at $18,278,000 to James McMillan, who was paralyzed from injuries suffered in the 2003 Staten Island Ferry dock crash.
Another way to put her $900 trillion lawsuit into perspective is comparing it to the national debt - which is $15 trillion.