Maria Shiloh Averill - Guardian Ad Litem

Ludicrous Lies To The FBI: Why Did Maria Averill Risk It?

This is the first post in this 3 part series, discussing some of Maria Averill’s illegal activities as Guardian Ad Litem in my Family Court case… Why did Maria Averill risk it and lie to the FBI?

Imagine, if you will, being on an official, recorded phone interview with an FBI agent. Your pulse quickens, your breath becomes shallower, faster… You instinctively know that you better get this right, or it could land you in prison no matter how much money you have. You put both of your feet flat on the ground, collect yourself, maybe even say a silent prayer as you begin… because your life will drastically change if you don’t tell the absolute truth...This might be the case for Maria Averill, an attorney at Averill Law Firm.

Of course, unless you are Martha Stewart. She lied to the FBI and served time for her lying. The United States doesn’t take kindly to bald faced lies, which has me wondering a lot about some things. For instance:

Why did Maria Averill, an attorney herself (Averill Law Firm) and the Guardian Ad Litem for my children, knowingly tell the following lies about me to the FBI?

I have to wonder: Did Guardian Maria Averill Commit Conspiracy and Obstruct Justice?

A Pattern of Bad Faith

I believe that the facts I’m putting forth here create a real question about bias and bad faith actions that have caused great harm to my innocent children. Read more about the reality of GALs and South Carolina courts here, as well as some information on guardian ad litem, Maria Averill.

[Related Post]: Is Maria Averill Trying To Silence Public Records?


During my divorce, the court appointed Maria Averill, an attorney at Averill Law Firm, to act as the GAL and to conduct a thorough investigation about what custody arrangement would be in the best interests of my children. Rather than focusing on my sons and their well-being, however, Maria Averill made countless false allegations about me. Why? This is something I will be covering in much greater detail in future posts. For now, please consider the following:

These egregious actions included knowingly and willfully giving false testimony about me to the FBI and the Department of Justice. 

Meeting on June 27, 2019

Maria Averill and I met to discuss the lies perpetuated by Marie-Louise Ramsdale and Kristin Mehera Leiter Golestan, which ultimately caused my visitations with my children to be suspended. During the meeting Maria Averill also inquired about my federal indictment and where it stood. We discussed my federal case for less than 10 minutes. You can listen to the portion of the recording where we discussed my case:

You can view the transcript of the audio recording here.

I told Maria Averill everything I described in my earlier post, What is an Indictment?, namely that everything the government alleged in my May 15th, 2019 indictment (regarding Micfo’s use of aliases and channel partners) was already known to them, as they had conducted two separate investigations, one in 2017 and one in 2018. 

Sharing the Evidence

I volunteered to show Maria Averill two key pieces of evidence supporting my statement that the government closed both prior investigations despite being fully aware of Micfo’s channel partners and use of aliases. The first document was an official FBI 302 interview conducted on December 4th, 2017 by the Joint Terrorism Task Forces and the Department of Homeland Security. During that interview I disclosed the facts regarding Micfo’s channel partner Contina Communication, and the alias Jonathan Lieberman. This was evidence the government produced as part of the discovery process. You can read the full interview here.

It was this document we were discussing when, in the recording above, you hear me say: It talks about my character… my religious views that I even stopped going to the mosque here.”

The second document I showed Maria Averill was an email dated September 17th, 2018 from SA Brian Womble to my attorney, Bart Daniel, stating that the FBI was closing the case and would not be opening a formal investigation into Micfo. See it here.

You can hear for yourself that I read the content of this email to Maria Averill. Does this seem as crystal clear to you as it does to me?

Averill’s Response?

Surprise. You can hear her saying “It’s just crazy” that the government indicted me for allegations already known to them and for which we’d already settled with ARIN, the purported victim, two weeks prior to the indictment. 

When Maria Averill then asked if Kristin’s attorney, Marie-Louise Ramsdale, had these two documents, I have to say I was taken aback! I thought to myself, “why would Marie-Louise Ramsdale, who is not a party to the federal indictment, be in possession of discovery documents and internal emails exchanged with the federal government?

When I answered that, no, Ms. Ramsdale did not have these documents, Maria Averill refused my offer to give her (Averill) copies—even though she’d specifically asked about the federal indictment. I found that strange, and I found it even stranger when she also refused to take pictures of the documents, despite my offering her that option as well. Strangest of all? After she left my office I realized that she had in fact taken both original documents, without my authorization! 

I gave her a call immediately (at 6:30pm) asking if she had in fact taken the documents. 

She said yes! she had accidentally taken the documents. When she asked if I wanted them returned I said, no, you can just shred them, which she agreed to do—although who knows? Could Averill have kept or made a copy of the documents, unbeknownst to me? 

Long story short—not only did Maria Averill see and hear me read both documents, she also had copies in her possession as of June 27, 2019.

Maria Averill’s Testimony to the FBI on June 30, 2019

How do I know what she said? First, because as part of the discovery process for a federal indictment, the government is obligated to provide defendants a copy of all witness testimonies and any evidence they intend to use at trial. Therefore, the FBI provided my attorneys a copy of Maria Averill’s testimony, conducted by SA Brian Womble. You can view the official FBI 302 testimony here.

Second, Kristin told me that Maria Averill told her that I showed her a “forged document” on FBI letterhead that stated I was being cleared of all federal indictment charges. Kristin claimed that, based off of what Maria told her, she (Kristin) then brokered a meeting between the FBI and Maria.

Let’s do some fact checking of Maria Averill’s testimony to the FBI, three days after she and I met on June 27, 2019:

#1. Maria Averill claims that I lost custody of my children due to my bad behavior.

Actually, my visitations were suspended because of multiple false testimonies she gave, that time to Family Court, claiming that I was causing psychological damage to my children and alienating them from their mother. More on that in an upcoming blog post.

#2. Maria Averill claims that she’s afraid that I will flee the country and take my children with me.

Her statement is false for several reasons:

  1. Sky and Ford only have American passports. Maria Averill had possession of both of their passports because Kristin, who had possession of them all along, had given them to Averill. How could Averill have been worried that I would flee the country with the children even though she herself was safekeeping their only passports?
  2. I volunteered to give Maria Averill both my Iranian and American passports anytime it was my parenting time with the children. In fact, a couple of days after my discussions with her, on a conference call between Maria, my former domestic counsel Jim McLaren, and myself, Averill told Mr. McLaren that she was “pleased” I volunteered to give her both of my passports anytime it was my parenting time with the children!
  3. I didn’t have access to either my children’s passports, or my own, whenever I was physically with the kids. Here‘s an email exchange between Kristin, Maria Averill and myself in which I gave Kristin my passports when I picked up my children.
  4. If I was a flight risk, I doubt that at my arraignment hearing, the Honorable Judge Mary Gordon Baker, would have allowed me to retain my passport and travel internationally. Read my post ‘What is An Arraignment Hearing‘ for full detail.

#3. Maria Averill claims that “Amir Golestan told Averill the twenty federal criminal charges against him had been dropped.”

Averill and I met on June 27th, 2019 for about 4 hours. We discussed my federal case for less than 10 minutes. I refer you back to the recording I shared above. At no time do I ever claim that my federal wire charges were dropped. This never happened.

Given that Maria Averill had previously given false testimonies about me to the family court, I made a conscious effort to record my meeting with her to protect myself precisely against situations like this, in which she has knowingly and willfully lied to the FBI . For anyone wanting all the details, the entire 5+ hours of raw recording is available for download here along with its transcripts from here. As is evident, I began recording 30 minutes before the start of our meeting and stopped the recording 1 hour 15 minutes after Maria Averill left.

#4. Maria Averill further claims that I “would not allow Averill to keep a copy of the document.”

As discussed in detail above, and proved, again, I even encouraged her to take pictures of the documents. Let’s hear this portion again:

All of this raises some questions!

Here are a few that keep running through my mind. I’d love to know your thoughts.  

Why would anyone knowingly lie to federal agents? Was Averill acting alone, or was this part of a broader conspiracy cooked up with Kristin? 

The question becomes even bigger when the person in question is an attorney and a Guardian ad litem, appointed to stay neutral about the parents while keeping the best interests of the children in mind. Why knowingly lie about the father of the children you are tasked with protecting? How is that protecting the best interests of the children?

Could there be some hidden motive connected with all the money involved in this divorce case? 

Could the goal have been to drag out this litigation even longer, raising her billable hours of the Averill Law Firm from a $15,000 spending cap to a lavish $85,000 in billable hours for… what? There isn’t even any visitation process to oversee, thanks to Averill’s dereliction of duty and self-enrichment at the expense of my children’s future (via an already overtaxed judicial system that she and others are using to line their own wallets instead of serving the public good).

What gives lawyers like Maria Averill the right to freely pillage the life savings of private citizens and deplete a judicial system that was built and runs on our collective, hard-earned tax dollars? What else might she be up to, if she can lie so easily and casually to the actual Federal Bureau of Investigation, for God’s sake?

[Next in the Series]: Will The FBI Investigate Maria Averill?

Amir Golestan and His Sons at Ashley Hall School

Please scroll down to the comments below and share your point of view on this shady situation. And again, thanks so much for your enthusiastic support! I don’t know how I could have made through all this without the love and support of my family and friends. This is the first step in our creating community around Helping Every Loving Parent (HELP) to spend time with their children. Every story is important.

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  • Guardian?! Wrong title. Her intentions has never been protecting the innocent children but her own wallet. And once lying becomes a habit, it becomes their reality. This is so sad how many family and children have been impacted by this woman. Justice will be served.

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