The name Fausat Ogunbayo will probably be remembered for some time. The Staten Island mom has filed a $900 trillion federal lawsuit against the City of New York because it placed her two children in a foster home more than three years ago.
So why will Ogunbayo be remembered? The amount she is seeking is far greater that the largest City settlement to an individual, which is the $18,278,000 that went to James McMillan. McMillan suffered paralyzing injuries in the 2003 Staten Island Ferry dock crash. Eleven passengers were killed in that incident.
But more shocking about the amount Ogunbayo is seeking in damages is that the $900 trillion is more than the national debt, which is $15 trillion.
Ogunbayo filed the court documents last week, accusing the Administration for Children's Services and the city for causing economic hardship, substantial economic injuries and violating her and her children's civil rights, according to Forbes.
The Staten Island Advance reported that Ogunbayo's sons were removed from their home in June 2008, when they were 10 and 12 years old. They boys who are now 13 and 16, have been out of their mothers custody since they were relocated to Queens, the paper reported.
So who is Fausat Ogunbayo? Here are a few things the Staten Island Advance reported about the woman who hopes to win $900 trillion in damages.
1. She is 46 and lives in West Brighton.
2. Court papers noted that when the removed the boys, the City said that Ogunbayo was mentally unstable and had refused treatment.
3. She allegedly suffered from hallucinations and delusions, and reportedly left the boys at home alone for long periods while she was working.
4. She is representing herself in the case and has called the accusation a huge lie.
5. She kept the boys at a near perfect attendance in school and her sons were up to date on their medical exams and vaccinations.
6. Her children were taken from her when there were reports of suspected mistreatment.