Expert. Expert has applied his expertise in forensic document analyses and testimony in the resolution of disputed documents and has passed on that experience to national police students in 8 Latin American countries for the U. S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. This has resulted in the development of a number of qualified forensic document examiners in these countries, some of whom continue to apply their expertise to resolve issues of disputed documents. Expert. Expert has provided sworn testimony on about 160 occasions, in Federal, State courts and depositions. He has also taught forensic subjects to community college and university level students. Expert. Expert has testified in civil and criminal matters. In criminal matters, he has testified for the prosecution and defense. Expert. Expert rads, writes and speaks Spanish fluently.
Expert. Expert completed the FBI Academy "Fundamentals of Questioned Documents for Laboratory Personnel" and "Questioned Documents" at the U. S. Secret Service Office of Training, Washington, D. C.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities:
Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California
Responsibilities: Forensic analysis of questioned/disputed documents applying the scientific method and scientific equipment and provide expert testimony when required
Years: 1989 to 1994
Agency: U. S. Department of Justice
Description: Taught basic, intermediate and advanced questioned/fraudulent documents classes to law enforcement & intelligence personnel in 8 Latin American Countries; and made recommendations for additional training and equipment
Years: 1984 to 1986
Agency: San Diego Police Dept
Role: Forensic Document Examiner
Description: Examined documents to determine their authenticity, wrote reports regarding expert conclusions and testified in court as to findings and utilized scientific examination equipments and applied the scientific method in resolving problems presented. Also acted as liaison with forgery detectives regarding questioned document issues.
Years: 1983 to 1996
Agency: U. S. Marine Corps
Role: Military Police Officer & Criminal Investigations Officer
Description: Conducted criminal investigations involving military personnel/conducting interviews/interrogations & forensic document analyses; presented investigations disputed documents classes to military law enforcement personnel
Years: 1977 to 1982
Agency: Dept of Public Social Services
Role: Fraud Investigator/Document Examiner
Description: Investigated welfare fraud; conducted interviews & interrogations of fraud suspects; wrote reports, provided sworn testimony; forensic examination of documents to determine their authenticity; provided expert guidance to 11 fraud investigators in questioned document matters.
Country / Region
Years: 1989 to 1994
Country / Region: Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Bolivia, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Colombia
American Academy of Forensic Sciences; International Association for Identification; Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners
Licenses / Certifications
California Private Investigator license (licensed for more than 40 yrs.).
Sub-committee member of the Questioned Document Section of the International Association for Identification; Board of directors for the Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners and Charter Member.
Awards / Recognition
Awarded Certificate of Achievement by Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA, for "Outstanding Performance as a Teacher"; Awarded Certificate of Achievement by PI Magazine for contributions made to the private investigations profession as a forensic document examiner; graduated from National University Cum Laude; awarded Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in action against communist guerilla forces in the former Republic of South Vietnam and the U. S. Army Achievement Medal for Meritorious Services above and beyond the call of duty while serving with U. S. Marine and numerous other military medals during a 35 year military careet where he rose from enlisted to chief warrant officer of Marines in the law enforcement field.
Expert Witness Experience
Provided expert testimony on almost 160 occasions in criminal and civil matters in state and federal courts and State Bar court. Deposition testimony has been provided on approximately 40 occasions.
Training / Seminars
From 1989-1994 and 2004, provided full instruction on the principles and theories of questioned document analysis in Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Bolivia to law enforcement agents aspiring to become forensic document examiners and to seasoned forensic document examiners.
Was responsible in locating vendors to make available scientific equipment to respective countries
Other Relevant Experience
Recommend best courses of action, stategies regarding evidence examined or pending examinations
Taught in Spanish. This applicant can read, write and speak Spanish fluently.