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Expert in Forensic Examination of Questioned Documents and Handwriting

Expert ID: 736126 North Carolina, USA

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Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent; 45 years experience as handwriting expert.

In private practice since FBI retirement October, 1989 (worked estimated 2,350 private cases since retirement from FBI); 11 years as Forensic Document Examiner at FBI Laboratory (worked thousands of cases); 4 years as Forensic Chemist at FBI Laboratory (worked hundreds of cases); 4 months with Commonwealth of Virginia as Forensic Examiner of Questioned Documents (worked estimated 150 cases); 6 years with Charlotte/Mecklenburg Police Department (worked estimated 800 cases); in last few months of 1997, worked estimated 250 chemistry cases (drugs) for Charlotte/Mecklenburg Police Department as contract Forensic Chemist; prior to 20 years of service with FBI, worked as high school physics and chemistry teacher for one year; 11 years as Naval Aviator (retired Lieutenant Commander, USNR – flew jet attack airplanes as Pilot-in-Command, gave flight instruction in jets and props, worked with Naval Security Group as Russian linguist).

KIND OF WORK AS FORENSIC EXAMINER OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS: Side-by-side comparisons of questioned and known handwriting/ handprinting, typewriting, printing; determination of nature of alterations-erasures-obliterations to documents; chemical and physical identification of inks; raising of indented writing; other examinations of questioned documents.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, NC Raleigh, NC - a

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1977 Degree: Master of Science Subject: Forensic Sciences Institution: George Washington University
Year: 1955 Degree: BSc. Subject: Pre-Medical Sciences Institution: Youngstown College
Year: 1977 Degree: MS Subject: Forensic Sciences Institution: George Washington University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1989 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Document Examiner/ Handwriting Expert Department: Responsibilities: In Private Practice as Document Examiner/Handwriting Expert
Determine if a person did or did not prepare a questioned signature/writing; prepare REPORT if necessary; testify in a legal proceeding if necessary. FBI Retired/Certified as a Forensic Examiner of Questioned Documents
Compare known and questioned writing to determine if known writer did or did not prepare a questioned writing.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1969 to 1989 Agency: FBI Role: Supervisory Special Agent, Forensic Examiner of Questioned Documents, Forensic Chemist, Russian Linguist Description:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Associate member of American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Licenses / Certifications
Certified Flight Instructor in Airplanes and Certified Instrument Flight Instructor FAA ratings at Shamrock School of Aeronautics at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (1970)

Airline Transport Pilot Training and FAA Certification at Woodruff Airport, Woodbridge, Virginia (1977); Biennial Training as Certified Flight Instructor

CERTIFICATION: By FBI as Forensic Examiner of Questioned Documents and by FBI as Forensic Chemist

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Testimonies: 198 as Forensic Examiner of Questioned Documents; 24 as Forensic Chemist
Training / Seminars
TRAINING FOR WORK AS FORENSIC EXAMINER OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS: Two years at FBI Laboratory of formal classroom work, reading of numerous books and articles, working cases with experienced qualified Forensic Examiners of Questioned Documents.

Further Training and Education:
Naval Air Training Command (designated Naval Aviator, 1957)
9 semester hours of education courses while working as high school physics/chemistry teacher at Jacksonville Beach, Florida (1968-1969)
14 weeks training to qualify as FBI Special Agent, Quantico, Virginia
Two years of FBI Laboratory training to qualify as Forensic Examiner of Questioned Documents (1975-1977)
One year of FBI Laboratory training to qualify as Forensic Chemist (1979-1980)
Defense Language Institute at Monterey, California (Russian) while in Naval Service (1963)
Defense Language Institute at Monterey, California (Russian) while in FBI (1972)
Other Relevant Experience
Airplane ratings by Federal Aviation Administration include Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor in Airplanes/Instruments (Gold Seal) and Advanced/Instrument Ground Instructor; have taught Pilot Ground Schools (Sport/Private/Instrument/Commercial) at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina; have translated numerous scientific/ technical articles and two aviation books from Russian to English.

Fields of Expertise

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