‘Diabolical scheme’: Wife frames husband’s ex-fiancée for horrific crimes, innocent woman nearly gets life in prison

A California woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a bizarre series of crimes she committed in order to frame her husband’s ex-fiancée and have her placed in jail for life, as reported by PEOPLE.

Angela Maria Diaz, 32, pleaded guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, which included false imprisonment, kidnapping, grand theft, forgery and falsely reporting a crime, according to a statement released by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

These crimes all came together as part of a “diabolical scheme” by the 32-year-old to frame her husband’s ex-fiancée, 30-year-old Michelle Suzanne Hadley. The scheme unfolded over months, with Diaz claiming she was being stalked and harassed by Hadley, and accusing the 30-year-old of posting rape fantasies to Craigslist under her name, in an apparent attempt to lure men to her home to commit sexual assault.

Diaz even told authorities that three man had shown up at her house and attempted to rape her.

Her plan worked. Hadley was arrested and the story became national news, with the 30-year-old facing numerous charges, including stalking and attempted forcible rape, according to a previous report by PEOPLE.

After spending 3 months behind bars and facing a lifetime of imprisonment if convicted, police told Hadley that Diaz had likely organized the entire thing, including timing the Craigslist posts and harassing emails to coincide when she would not have an alibi, such as when she had just been released on bail.

Diaz, who was pregnant at the time, also pretended to have cervical cancer, impersonated a lawyer and told police that Hadley had threatened her unborn child.

Local law enforcement managed to unravel the plot before Hadley was convicted of her numerous charges and arrested Diaz in January of this year. Along with a guilty plea, the 32-year-old also apologized to Hadley for her crimes.

“If not for the hard work of law enforcement continuing to investigate and seek the truth in this case, Ms. Hadley could have continued to face life in prison. It is unfathomable why Ms. Diaz would concoct such a diabolical scheme to hurt an innocent person,” District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in the statement.

Hadley, now a free woman, told Dateline that she appreciates Diaz’s apology but it is simply too little, too late.

“I appreciate the apologies. But the apologies don’t rebuild your life and the apologies don’t undue what’s been done,” she said. “I’ll carry this around for the rest of my life.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Diaz has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for her crimes. She has separated from her husband, Ian Diaz.

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