Facebook Sting Backfires on Ex-Wife

Federal prosecutors in Indiana have dropped charges against a man who they accused of plotting to kill his ex-wife and illegally placing a GPS on her car to track her movements. It is an odd case that involves Facebook, a woman posing as an underage girl, and a man who knew about the ruse all along.

The story began last month, when a man named David Voelkert, 38, received a friend request on Facebook from a 17-year-old girl named Jessica Studebaker.

Voelkert immediately suspected that "Jessica" was really his ex-wife Angela, with whom he is involved in an ongoing child custody battle.

According to a report from The Smoking Gun, Voelkert was smart enough to write out a notarized affidavit on May 25:

“I am lying to this person to gain positive proof that it is indeed my ex-wife trying to again tamper in my life. In no way do I have plans to leave with my children or do any harm to Angela Dawn Voelkert or anyone else.”

But that's not what he let "Jessica" think. Among other things, he wrote to her on Facebook:

“Once she is gone, I don’t have to hide with my kids… I can do what I want and not have to worry about not seeing my family anymore. You should find someone at your school. There should be some gang-bangers there that would put a cap in her ass for $10,000. I am done with her crap!

… 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!”

Angela used this exchange and others on June 1 to try to get a restraining order against Voelkert. Because of the alleged crimes in the messages, the FBI arrested Voelkert.

He showed the FBI the affidavit, but he still spent four days in custody until federal prosecutors decided to drop the charges on Wednesday.


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