Glover v. Missouri Child Support Enforcement Agency et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants the San Diego California Child Support Enforcement Agency, the Illinois Child Support Enforcement Agency, Jessica Burrow, and unmaned case workers are DISMISSED from this action without prejudice. All claims against all parties having been resolved, a separate Order of Dismissal shall accompany this Memorandum and Order. Signed by District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig on December 8, 2016. (BRP)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
CHARLES RYAN GLOVER,
MISSOURI CHILD SUPPORT
ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, et al.,
Case No. 4:15CV00022 AGF
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on review of the file. For the reasons set forth
below, pro se Plaintiff Charles Glover’s complaint against the remaining Defendants in
the case will be dismissed without prejudice, and a final Order of Dismisssal will be
On January 5, 2015, Plaintiff filed suit pro se against numerous Defendants: the
Missouri Child Support Enforcement Agency (“MCSEA”); MCSEA Director Alyson
Campbell; Unknown case workers for the MCSEA; Missouri Social Services agent Ken
Waller; the San Diego California Child Support Enforcement Agency; unnamed case
workers for the San Diego California Child Support Enforcement case workers; the
Illinois Child Support Enforcement Agency; Judge Kimberly Dahlen, an Illinois state
judge; Illinois Assistant Attorney General David Brown; and Jessica Lee Burrow
According to the complaint, Plaintiff and Burrow had a daughter, Ricki Lee
Burrow. Plaintiff subsequently enlisted in the United States Navy and added Ricki to his
military records as a dependent, qualifying her for dental and medical benefits. With
legal counsel for the Navy, Plaintiff established an allotment to pay child support for
Ricki, with the payments deposited directly into Burrow’s bank account. Plaintiff alleges
that Burrow made fraudulent statements to the MCSEA, claiming that Plaintiff was not
paying child support or providing medical or dental benefits for Ricki. As a result, the
MCSEA brought suit against Plaintiff. According to Plaintiff, Waller knew that Burrow
had committed fraud, but nonetheless transferred the case to the San Diego California
Child Support Enforcement Agency, as Plaintiff was then residing in San Diego. The
record establishes that on January 5, 2008, a San Diego court issued an order setting
ongoing support by Plaintiff for Ricki in the amount of $261 per month. (Doc. No. 21-1.)
According to the complaint, following Plaintiff’s discharge from the Navy, he
continued to provide support for Ricki. Nevertheless, Burrow filed suit in Jefferson
County, Missouri, claiming, again fraudulently, that Plaintiff was not paying child
support. Plaintiff attempted to get documentation from the San Diego agency showing
that Burrow acted fraudulently, but the agency did not keep proper records. Despite
Plaintiff telling Campbell that Burrow’s claim was based on fraud, the Missouri FSD
moved forward with the case. The record includes a copy of an order dated March 13,
2013, issued by a circuit court of Jefferson County, Missouri, confirming the order of
support issued by the San Diego court and stating that the order could be enforced in
Missouri as if it had been issued by a Missouri court. (Doc. No. 21-1.)
According to the complaint, Burrow then sought to enforce the Missouri judgment
in Jackson County, Illinois. Plaintiff alleges that he presented Brown with documentation
that Burrow’s claim was based on fraud, but Brown nevertheless advocated for the
advancement of Burrow’s claim, leading to the Illinois court enforcing the Missouri
judgment. Because Plaintiff could not pay the judgment, Illinois revoked his driver’s
license and Plaintiff was, at some point, charged with driving with a suspended license.
In this action, Plaintiff claims that the state agencies and officials acted negligently
in ignoring his evidence of Burrow’s fraud, that Burrow committed fraud, and that Brown
knowingly disregarded documentation showing that Burrow’s suit was based on deceit.
He seeks monetary relief because “the State Agencies” destroyed his life, ruined his
credit, and violated his rights, all in collaboration with Burrow. He asks the Court to
review the evidence and dismiss the state court judgments against him.
By prior Orders, this Court granted the motions of Defendants Judge Dhalen,
Brown, the MCSEA, Campbell, and Waller to dismiss the complaint as to them. The
three remaining named Defendants are the San Diego California Child Support
Enforcement Agency, the Illinois Child Support Enforcement Agency, and Burrow. The
record reflects that the two agency Defendants have never been served, and accordingly
the complaint will be dismissed without prejudice as to them. Similarly, the unnmaned
case workers for the MCSEA and for the San Diego California Child Support
Enforcement Agency were never named or served, and they too will be dismissied
The Court concludes that Plaintiff has failed to state a federal cause of action
against Burrow, and as all of Plaintiff’s federal claims have been dismissed, the Court
declines to assert supplemental jurisdictuion over his claims against Burrow. See
Johnson v. City of Shorewood, Minn., 360 F.3d 810, 819 (8th Cir. 2004) (holding that
where all federal claims are eliminated before trial, the balance of factors to be
considered under 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c)(3) for the excersize of supplemental jurisdiction
over remaining state law claims point toward declining to exercise such jurisdiction).
This dismissal of the state claims against Burrow is without prejudice. See Romero v.
Pinnacle Equities, LLC, 283 F. App’x 429, 431 (8th Cir. 2008).
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants the San Diego California Child
Support Enforcement Agency, the Illinois Child Support Enforcement Agency, Jessica
Burrow, and unmaned case workers are DISMISSED from this action without prejudice.
All claims against all parties having been resolved, a separate Order of Dismissal
shall accompany this Memorandum and Order.
AUDREY G. FLEISSIG
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 8th day of December, 2016.
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