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Woman accused of framing her husband’s ex as a menacing stalker

January 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Woman accused of framing her husband’s ex as a menacing stalker

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A woman denied the allegations that she elaborately framed her husband’s ex-fiancee as a dangerous stalker on Friday.

Angela Maria Diaz, 31, purportedly sent herself threatening messages, pretended to be pregnant, filed false police reports, staged a crime scene, and posed as the victim of a “rape fantasy” ad on Craigslist, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas reported.

Diaz tried to make it seem that her husband’s ex-fiancee, Michelle Suzanne Hadley, was responsible for the Craigslist ad.

She pleaded not guilty to charges including false imprisonment, kidnapping, and perjury, KTLA reported.

The scheme led authorities to believe that 30-year-old Michelle Hadley would eventually cause Diaz’s death or rape – and Hadley was taken into custody in July for multiple felonies, for which she could have faced life behind bars.

However, investigators believe that Diaz set Hadley up, and the 30-year-old was released from custody in October and exonerated.

Deputy District Attorney Richard Zimmer told the Daily Mail: “This is one of the most unusual things I’ve seen in my career. The amount of planning, the effort, the sophistication, time that went into framing Ms. Hadley was incredible.”

Michelle Suzanne Hadley (left) was apparently framed as a menacing stalker by Angela Maria Diaz (right), who succeeded in having her jailed for nearly three months

Diaz is now facing multiple charges which include kidnapping, false imprisonment and filing false police reports.

Hadley began dating a 39-year-old Deputy US Marshal, only known as “John Doe” in August 2013.

They purchased a condo together and became engaged until they ended their relationship in August 2015.

In the months after their breakup, Hadley wrote Doe emails, some of which included religious language. The two lost contact in the fall of 2015.

In January 2016, Doe met Diaz online, and the two got married within a few months

After they had moved in together, Diaz lied and told Doe that she was pregnant before launching her elaborate scheme to make Hadley look as if she was a dangerous stalker.

In June, Diaz, along with her husband, went to the Anaheim Police Department, where she claimed that Hadley had sent her threatening emails.

Investigators now believe that Diaz sent the emails to herself, using Virtual Private Networks and third-party proxy servers to conceal her IP address.

Diaz provided the police with copies of the fake emails, some of which she falsified to look as if they were sent from Hadley’s real email address.

The hundreds of emails included threats to have Diaz raped and murdered, in addition to threats to her fake, unborn child.

The malicious emails also contained disturbing photos of decapitated bodies, aborted fetuses, and dead women.

According to the L.A. Times, Diaz also fooled authorities by using religious language that resembled the contents of Hadley’s communication with Doe just after they broke up, Zimmer said.

The woman was awarded a Temporary Restraining Order against Hadley after filing several false reports about continuing threats.

The situation worsened when Diaz told authorities that she was the victim of a “rape fantasy” ad on Craigslist that she claimed was set up by Hadley.

In fact, Diaz posted the ad herself. She told men who responded to the ad that she wanted to have forced sex even if she yelled or resisted, and sent out photos of herself, along with information about her daily routine.

The posting, which Diaz claimed was set up by Hadley, attracted at least two individuals who intended to travel to Diaz’s residence in Anaheim before they were caught by police.

At the end of June, Diaz called 911, claiming a man tried to rape her in the garage of her house.

She pointed out where her “attacker” banged her face into the wall, and showed cops a ripped shirt, along with a cut on her head and red marks on her neck.

Zimmer told the Daily Mail: “We believe that whole crime scene was staged and that she did that to herself.”

However, at the time police believed her tale, and Hadley was taken into custody later that evening before she was released the following day on $100,000 bail.

Diaz alleged that the emails and responses to the rape fantasy ad stopped while Hadley was in custody and began again after she was bailed out.

A few weeks later, Diaz called authorities once again, and officers discovered a 17-year-old boy outside her residence who was responding to the rape ad.

An arrest warrant was issued for Hadley, and she was charged with criminal threats, stalking, attempted rape, assault with the intent to commit rape during a burglary, violating a protective order, and a crime-bail-crime enhancement.

She remained in custody from July 14th to October 7th on $1 million bail.

Zimmer said to the Daily Mail: “The aha moment came after we spent a few months trying to unwind the third party proxy servers. When we did that, we started getting IP addresses to Diaz’s condo and her father’s apartment. One came back to her cell phone.”

Further examination also showed Diaz’s history of fraud, which included changing a paycheck from her employer to add $2,000. Furthermore, she also informed her previous boyfriend that she had cervical cancer, impersonated a lawyer, falsified doctor’s notes, and impersonated two of her husband’s ex-girlfriends through email, all in addition to her false pregnancy.

Hadley, who referred to her time in custody as “the most traumatic experience of my life” is now trying to complete her MBA at Chapman University.

Diaz remains in custody in Arizona and is scheduled to be extradited to California in the next week before she will be arraigned.

She and her husband are reportedly in the process of getting a divorce.

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