America's Most Prolific Jailhouse Lawyer



By the time Jonathan Lee Riches finished serving a 10-year prison sentence in 2012, he had gained a reputation as the most prolific jailhouse lawyer of all time, and he was only 35. During his incarceration, Riches had filed some 3,000 legal briefs in virtually every district in the country. If you’ve never heard of Jonathan Lee Riches, this might help you: In the early 2000s, he helped develop the identity theft technique known as “phishing.” The FBI estimates that he charged more than $1.4 million to accounts opened in the names of about 2,000 people — including his own parents. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and conspiracy. Riches got the Guinness world record for having filed the highest number of lawsuits in the world. When he heard about it, he sued Guinness Book of World Records, seeking to stop them from listing him as "the most litigious individual in history.” His case was dismissed. Today, he is an investigative correspondent for the online news website Your Content.