In the midst of a messy divorce, 29-year-old Angela Voelkert decided to dig up some dirt on her husband, David. She created a fake Facebook account, posed as a young girl and proceeded to try and trick him into divulging personal information. Unfortunately, her husband knew who he was communicating with the entire time.
When David described a super-secret (fabricated, of course) plot to kill Angela, she was horrified. She turned the conversations over to authorities who also bought into the bogus claims. As a result, David was arrested last Friday.
When prosecutors realized that the man had known he was communicating with his estranged wife all along, they were forced to reverse course and drop the charges. The Smoking Gun has more:
...Voelkert explained that he played along with the ruse so that he could use his ex-spouse’s machinations against her in their custody case.
To support this contention, Voelkert provided FBI agents with a May 25 notarized affidavit in which he describes receiving a friend request from “Jessica Studebaker,” whom he suspected was his ex-wife. “I am lying to this person,” he stated, “to gain positive proof that it is indeed my ex-wife trying to again tamper in my life.” He added, “In no way do I have plans to leave with my children or do any harm to Angela Dawn Voelkert or anyone else.”
And lie he did -- and quite well. His purposeful "fibs" in Facebook exchanges went beyond simply divulging startling false information. The New York Post claims that David went so far as to ask the "teen" to find a "gang-banger" at her school who would be willing to kill his wife for $10,000. For effect, he then asked the teen to run away with him, writing:
See, I am taking care of everything! I will finally be free, my kids can grow up and not be around all the hatred, it will be over. With me gone with my kids, the police can't pin anything on me as I will be in another state, so I will be fine. Will you be ready to go with me on the 10th? Let me know, baby!
It just goes to show you that you should never, ever underestimate your enemies. Despite his brief detention, it looks like the husband won this battle. Who will win the war? We shall see.