You think getting a divorce is bad. Imagine getting a divorce at the same time you are being indicted on federal charges. Now imagine that the evidence of your crime was faked and planted on your cell phone by your soon-to-be-ex-wife. This is the situation alleged by the husband (Habibion) in what may be the most tumultuous divorce of all time.
Habibion is currently being accused of conspiring to export millions of dollars of electronic equipment from the U.S. to Iran. Around the time Habibion was arrested his wife stole his iPhone, refused to return it, and announced that she had disposed of it by throwing it into a canyon near their house.
However, rather than disposing of the phone, she turned the phone over to the FBI. On the phone, federal investigators found “incredibly blatant admissions of criminal wrongdoing and philandering.”
Habibion claims that these admissions were forged by his wife and planted on his iPhone with the intent to secure a federal conviction and ensure victory in her divorce. In his motion, Habibion’s lawyer goes on to say the following:
“Any reasonable observer would review these entries and note that they constitute incredibly blatant admissions of criminal wrongdoing and philandering conveniently bearing on two pending proceedings against Habibion in which [his wife] has a demonstrable interest. [His wife] has made numerous false and slanderous statements about Habibion and his business partners to members of the Iranian-American community in Orange County, California that reflect extreme vengefulness and animus. Because the entries show when they were last modified, one can see that the entries containing these manufactured “admissions” were all modified during a single one-hour period on a single date, which is reflected as January 10, 1970. (It appears that this illogical date shows up because the iPhone ran out of battery and was then re-charged before the entries were made.) […]
Habibon believes that [his wife] input them into the iPhone in order to negatively impact his federal criminal case in Washington, D.C. and divorce proceedings in southern California.”
The courts are expected to untangle this mess soon but in the meantime if things are headed downhill in your relationship, lock your phone, make copies of important documents, and change the passwords on your online accounts.
Unfortunately for Habibion, he learned this lesson too late. Either his wife hated him enough to create a complicated scheme to forge evidence, or he is such a bad criminal that he kept clear admissions of guilt on his phone.