Lawsuit allegedly filed by man who shot Gabby Giffords could be a hoax

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Lawsuit Allegedly Filed by Man Who Shot Gabby Giffords Could Be a Hoax

A lawsuit that was originally believed to have been filed by the gunman who shot former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords in a mass shooting in Arizona in 2011 could be a hoax.

A federal court official told KPNX late Wednesday the $25 million suit reportedly filed by Jared Lee Loughner was actually written by "another mentally disturbed prisoner in Philadelphia who is impersonating Loughner."

Here's a look at the letter/envelope sent by the inmate:

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The federal court filing blames Giffords for emotional and psychological distress, claiming he is innocent and was "hand-picked" to be an assassin.

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Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative from Arizona, and her husband Mark Kelly, left, arrive to hear President Barack Obama, not pictured, speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Obama said expanding background checks to cover more firearms transactions wont trample on the right of Americans to own guns or lead to confiscation of weapons, as he made an emotional pitch for a package of executive actions intended to stem gun violence. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Gabrielle Giffords; Mark Kelly
Former congresswoman and gun violence victim Gabrielle Giffords arrives to hear US President Barack Obama deliver a statement on executive actions to reduce gun violence on January 5, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Former United States congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords reacts after throwing the ceremonial first pitch of a game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers as her husband, retired astronaut, Mark Kelly looks on at Citi Field on July 23, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02: Gabrielle Giffords is seen at LAX on April 02, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband Mark Kelly, attend a news conference in Cannon Building to introduce legislation that would expand background checks on firearms, March 4, 2015. The bill would expand existing requirements to sales that include transactions that transpire through the internet, gun shows, and classified ads. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., greets Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., right, after a news conference in Cannon Building to introduce legislation that would expand background checks on firearms, March 4, 2015. The bill would expand existing requirements on sales that include transactions that transpire through the internet, gun shows, and classified ads. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (R), joined by husband Captain Mark Kelly, speaks at the 'Not One More' Event at Urban Zen on February 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
Former congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords, listens as her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, describes the day Giffords was shot in 2011. Kelly was speaking in the State of Maine room at Portland City Hall Saturday, July 6, 2013, as part of their Rights and Responsibilities tour, promoting background checks for gun owners. (Photo by Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
FARGO, ND - JULY 3: Retired Astronaut Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords before an appearance at Atomic Coffee during the Americans for Responsible Solutions tour in Fargo, North Dakota, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: U.S. President Barack Obama (3L) makes a statement on gun violence as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (4L), former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) and family members of Newtown, CT shooting victims look on in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. Earlier today the Senate defeated a bi-partisan measure to expand background checks for gun sales. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly attend a dedication ceremony naming a Capitol Visitor Center conference room in honor of slain Giffords' aide Gabe Zimmerman at the US Capitol in Washington on April 16, 2013. Zimmerman was killed in the January 2011 shooting that left 6 dead and Giffords severely wounded at an event in Tucson, Arizona. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 16: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband Mark Kelly, attend a ceremony to dedicate the Gabe Zimmerman Meeting Room in the Capitol Visitor Center. Zimmerman was a Giffords staffer who was killed in the 2011 Tucson shootings that injured Giffords. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Justin Timberlake, Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords attend TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: (L-R) Former House representative Gabrielle Giffords, actor Daniel Day-Lewis, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, and former astronaut Mark Kelly attend the TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World reception at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)
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The two-page suit reads, in part, "My incarceration is illegal. I am actually innocent. I was framed." It also claims the government put a chip in his head and that Giffords only pretended to be shot and is part of a "global plot to take away our civil liberties."

Loughner is currently serving time in Rochester, Minnesota. But this suit was apparently postmarked in Philadelphia, which is where a hoax lawsuit was filed earlier this month in the name of the Uber driver accused of shooting eight people in Kalamazoo, Michigan in February.

Loughner reportedly has a history of mental illness, something the judge knew before his sentencing. According to CNN, the judge said, "The evidence clearly shows that he knew what he was doing, despite his mental illness." He sentenced Loughner to seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years.

The 2011 shooting left Giffords permanently injured, but she has made a pretty impressive recovery and has even hit the campaign trail recently to stump for Hillary Clinton.

"Speaking is hard for me, but come January, I want to say these two words: Madam President," Giffords said in a recent speech.

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