Forgery Fraud employs Cutting-Edge Science and Technology
In order to keep “junk science” out of the courts, the courts require expert witnesses to offer opinions that are supported by sound scientific evidence. The forensic document examiner is prepared to answer the question, “Why I believe this is true.” In order to discover how a document has been altered, or created, Gary utilizes each document by using a combination of computer analysis, high resolution camera, infrared and computer programs that can analyze metadata, photo compression and alterations in the document or writing.
Forensic document examiners (FDEs) help lawyers by examining and offering written opinions on a variety of disputed document problems including: wills, deeds, medical records, income tax records, time sheets, contracts, loan agreements, election petitions, checks, and anonymous letters. Lawyers benefit from an FDEs specialized knowledge of literature in the questioned document field. This knowledge will assist lawyers in preparing meaningful direct examination questions for their own experts and cross-examination questions for opposing experts. As the scientific methods become more sophisticated it is getting more and more difficult to get-away with fraud.
The document examiner collects enough samples of writing to determine the variability of the known writing. Using measurements, the document examiner determines whether the questioned writing falls within the range of the samples of known writing. This information cannot be determined with a simple visual inspection. Each time a person writes, the letters and words are formed a little differently. The writer of a questioned documents can be eliminated only when enough samples of the subject’s writing are collected for the handwriting analyst to learn these differences. This is why the document examiner will ask a client for as many examples of the person’s known writing as possible. Original documents are always better than photocopies. Original documents show all of the details, especially with handwriting. Photocopies have inherent distortion and stray marks on the page. The black copier toner obscures important details of the document.