A California woman has just been sentenced to five years in prison after almost getting away with a heinous crime. Angela Maria Diaz, 32, posted a “rape fantasy” ad on Craigslist in an attempt to frame her husband’s ex-fiancée, Michelle Suzanne Hadley, 30.
Diaz married her husband in February of 2016, and it appears she began her plot to frame Hadley almost immediately after. Her husband, an agent in the U.S. Marshals Service, had a relationship with Hadley from 2013 to 2015. Little is known about Diaz’s motive or the status of her relationship with Hadley before the incidents began.
Diaz had planned out her framing of Hadley to a tee, or so she thought. In June of last year, Hadley was arrested for harassment and sending men to Diaz’s house to participate in “rape fantasies.” These fantasies were posted on Craigslist by Diaz, pretending to be Hadley. The men were directed to Diaz’s actual home, where they were either turned away or intercepted by police.
Diaz began to claim Hadley was trying to have her raped and assaulted, and even forged emails from Hadley to herself threatening her. For months, Diaz kept up with the diabolical charade, which actually ended up with the real Hadley in handcuffs.
To aid her case, Diaz faked a pregnancy so charges on Hadley would be more severe. She also faked cervical cancer and forged doctor’s notes, according to local news station KABC.
Hadley was arrested on two different occasions and even spent three months in jail for a wrongful conviction. She could potentially have been sentenced to life in prison as well.
Something wasn’t sitting right with investigators who continued to work the case. They eventually discovered that the threatening emails and the Craigslist ads were not conceived by Hadley, but Diaz herself. Diaz ended up being arrested on January 6 in Arizona.
On Tuesday, Diaz pleaded guilty to charges including kidnapping, false imprisonment, forgery, check fraud, perjury, grand theft, and falsely reporting a crime as stated by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. She was sentenced to five years in prison.
When speaking with Dateline, Hadley admitted, “I’ll carry this around for the rest of my life.”
She suffers from nightmares and PTSD to this day.
[Featured Image by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]