SANTA ANA, Calif. – A woman has been charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and falsely reporting crimes, after framing husband's ex-fiancée for stalking and attempted rape. Angela Maria Diaz, 31, Phoenix, Arizona, was charged on Jan. 6, 2017, with two felony counts of kidnapping, two felony counts of false imprisonment by menace, fraud, or deceit, one felony count of perjury, one felony count of grand theft, two felony counts of forgery, two felony counts of possession of a forged check over $950, one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting a crime to a police agency, and 21 misdemeanor counts of falsely reporting a crime to a peace officer. If convicted, Diaz faces a maximum sentence of 12 years and eight months in state prison plus 11 years in county jail. The defendant is awaiting extradition from Arizona, and her court date is to be determined.
“As important as the filing of charges against Ms. Diaz, is the dismissal of the previous complaint and full exoneration of Michelle Hadley,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “This is a very detailed case. I wanted to make sure, however, that Ms. Hadley is cleared in every possible way – in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion. It should be clear in the media and in cyberspace. Ms. Hadley is an innocent victim of a diabolical scheme.”
Michelle Suzanne Hadley, 30, the defendant in felony case number 16NF2004, has been fully exonerated and cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Her case will be dismissed by the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) today, Jan. 9, 2017.
Diaz has been married to John Doe since February 2016. John Doe had a prior romantic relationship with Hadley from August 2013 to August 2015.
On April 22, 2016, Diaz is accused of altering a paycheck from her employer to add $2,000 to the total and depositing the check through an ATM. The Garden Grove Police Department investigated the forged check. This information was uncovered during the main investigation. OCDA and APD also uncovered other fraud activity by Diaz, who is accused of faking cervical cancer, pretending to be an attorney, forging doctor's notes, faking a pregnancy, and impersonating two of John Doe's ex-girlfriends over email.
On June 1, 2016, Diaz is accused of going to the Anaheim Police Department (APD) and falsely reporting harassing messages, claiming they were from Hadley. Diaz is accused of sending herself emails to make it appear Hadley wrote and sent the messages. The defendant is accused of applying for and obtaining a restraining order against Hadley by signing under penalty of perjury that Hadley had threatened her.
On many occasions from June 1, 2016, to July 13, 2016, Diaz is accused of falsely filing police reports with APD, calling for officers to respond to the home she shared with John Doe. The defendant is accused of making false claims that Hadley made threats against her life and the life of her unborn child. Diaz is accused of routing emails to herself under the guise of appearing that the threatening e-mails came from Hadley from approximately eight different accounts using Virtual Private Networks (VPN's) and third-party proxy servers in order to avoid detection of her Internet Protocol (IP) address by law enforcement.
In June 2016, Diaz is accused of posing as Hadley and responding to advertisements online, soliciting that she wanted to engage in “rape fantasies” and sexual acts resembling rape. Diaz is accused of posting an advertisement herself stating that she wished to engage in “rape fantasies.” The defendant is accused of replying to men who had posted online, including sending them photos of herself and details of her daily routine. Diaz is accused of telling the responders that she wanted them to have forcible sexual intercourse with her, even if she screamed or resisted. Law enforcement intercepted at least two men who intended to travel to Diaz' residence to participate in these “rape fantasies.” Diaz is accused of telling APD that Hadley was stalking her and falsely claiming she had no involvement with the online solicitations.
On June 24, 2016, Diaz is accused of calling 911 and falsely reporting to investigators that a man entered her garage and attempted to rape her before she was able to call for help and chase the man away to bolster the credibility of her claims. Later that day, Hadley was arrested by APD and released the same day from custody on $100,000 bail. Diaz is accused of reporting that the threatening e-mails abruptly stopped once Hadley was arrested but following the victim's release, repeatedly sending herself threatening emails and resuming responses to “rape fantasy” advertisements pretending to be the victim. Hadley did not yet have access to email at the time they were sent. Diaz is accused of using increasingly violent language and including pictures in the emails to make it appear the victim was threatening the defendant's life and causing great concern for public safety.
On July 14, 2016, Hadley was arrested by APD and held in custody on $1 million bail. Diaz is accused of being the cause of this arrest and increased bail due to her false statements regarding the increased violent nature of the threats she falsely reported to have received from Hadley via email. APD and OCDA continued to investigate the source of the messages.
The victim remained in custody until Oct. 7, 2016, at which point sufficient evidence had been ascertained through extensive investigative efforts and the cooperation of the victim's attorney Michael Guisti. OCDA and APD sought the victim's immediate release on her own recognizance from custody while continuing to investigate Diaz.
On Sept. 6, 2016, Diaz is accused of forging a paycheck from the County of Orange and attempting to cash it at a bank, information that was also discovered during the main investigation.
Diaz was arrested on Jan. 6, 2017, by the Phoenix Police Department in Arizona.
Deputy District Attorney Rick Zimmer of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.
*Investigation revealed other fraud and deceit
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 17NF0061 / January 09, 2017