Conway v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration
ORDER that the application to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 2 ) is denied. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall pay the filing fee within 7 daysof this Order, or the Clerk of the Court shall dismiss this case (without prejudice) and enter judgment accordingly. See the attached order for additional information. Signed by Senior Judge James A. Teilborg on 11/17/2020. (RMW)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA
De Etta Diane Conway,
Pending before the Court is Plaintiff’s application to proceed in forma pauperis.
Plaintiff claims a monthly income of approximately $4,275.00 between herself and her
spouse.1 Plaintiff further claims to have savings of approximately $22,000 and real estate
holdings worth $240,000 including a residence and another investment property.
Plaintiff and her spouse have approximately $4,870 in monthly expenses. These
expenses include, for example, $1,200/month on food due in part to the fact that Plaintiff
chooses to support four adult children and grandchildren. These dependents range in age
from 19 to 26 years old. (Doc. 2 at 3). By way of further example, Plaintiff lists owning
one 1997 and one 1999 vehicle, valued together at $5,000, but paying over $3,100 per year
in car insurance presumably to insure other people’s vehicles.
In Escobedo v. Applebees, 787 F.3d 1226, 1234-36 (9th Cir. 2015), the Court of
Appeals discussed that a plaintiff’s expenses exceeding their income would be a basis for
granting in forma pauperis status. However, in that case, there was no evidence that the
Arizona is a community property state.
plaintiff’s expenses were inflated due to plaintiff choosing to support multiple adults other
Here, in sum, Plaintiff has over $50,000 per year in income and over $250,000 in
assets but chooses to spend those resources in a way that makes her unable to meet her
monthly expenses. While Plaintiff can elect to spend her money how she chooses, that
does not mean she is actually unable to pay the filing fee. She is instead choosing to spend
her money on items other than the filing fee. Thus, Plaintiff has the resources to pay and
in forma pauperis status will be denied.
Based on the foregoing,
IT IS ORDERED that the application to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 2) is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall pay the filing fee within 7 days
of this Order, or the Clerk of the Court shall dismiss this case (without prejudice) and enter
Dated this 17th day of November, 2020.
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