A woman pretended to be a 17-year-old to draw out incriminating evidence
from her ex-husband via Facebook. But an investigation after his arrest
showed that he was the true online mastermind. Oh, the e-intrigue!
According to the Smoking Gun, 29-year-old Angela Voelkert created a fake
account for 17-year-old “Jessica Studebaker,” complete with a trashily
attractive photo, and friended her ex-husband. Then, in an attempt to
gain information she could use against him in a custody battle, she
chatted him up. He said he put a GPS tracking device on his ex-wife’s
car, the more easily to monitor her every move. And he told “Jessica”
that “you should find someone at your school…that would put a cap in her
ass for $10,000.” He had plans to “take care of” old Angela, he said.
Heavily based on the exchanges, the FBI arrested 38-year-old David
Voelkert on Friday, but did he ever have a surprise for them.
Suspecting it was Angela all along, David Voelkert had gotten a
notarized affidavit shortly after Jessica came online. In it, he said
that he believed this was not a real person but rather his ex-wife or
someone she knows. He said he was engaging with this person and lying in
order to gain proof that his ex-wife was tampering with his personal
life, proof he would then use himself in court. “In no way do I have
plans to leave with my children or do any harm to Angela Dawn Voelkert
or anyone else,” he wrote above the Indiana notary’s stamp. He then kept
one copy and gave another to a relative for backup.
The timeline worked, his affidavit coming days before he said anything
incriminating. The notary was interviewed, the document authenticated,
and his case was dismissed. Situations like this are why the phrase “Oh,
snap!” was invented.