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Forensic Document Consultant & Instructor

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Questioned Document and Handwriting, Disputed Wills, Deeds, Contracts, Forged Checks, Medical Records, Threatening and Anonymous Letters, Typewriting, Machine Printing, Paper, Watermarks, Fracture Match, Ink Differentiation, Alterations, Impressions, Photocopies

Profession

Retired NYPD Detective and practicing forensic consultant, expert witness, forensic instructor and training consultant in the examination of signatures questioned documents and handwriting problems. Providing professional assistance in case evaluation, courtroom preparation and trial presentation in both criminal prosecution and civil litigation and specializing in cases related to disputed wills, deeds, contracts, forged checks, medical records, threatening and anonymous letters.

Other types of “questioned” document problems may include typewriting, machine printing (commercial graphic arts, laser, ink jet, thermal), paper (watermarks, physical properties, fracture match, latent fingerprints), ink (differentiation, writing instruments), alterations (obliterations, erasures, additions, interlineations), impressions (indented writing, rubber stamp, dry seal, check writer), photocopy and facsimile machine characteristics.

Experience

Assigned and trained as a forensic document examiner in 1982 in the Questioned Document Section of the New York City Police Department Laboratory as a Detective, Document Analyst and the Technical Supervisor.

Retired from the NYPD in 2004 with more than twenty years experience as a forensic scientist, examined thousands of questioned documents, and participated in numerous high profile cases, homicides, kidnappings, bias, identity theft and terrorist related investigations. Processed major crime scenes and given expert testimony at hearings, grand jury and trials including the “Zodiac” homicides and terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Duties and responsibilities included:

• Examining handwriting and questioned documents relating to criminal investigations
• Providing expert testimony in a number of criminal cases throughout New York City
• Training newly assigned personnel
• Editing procedure and training manuals
• Lecturing to detective investigators, police management and district attorneys
• Managing instruments for quality assurance
• Supervising the Questioned Document Unit both technically and administratively

Education

• 1980 MS in Forensic Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY
• 1977 BS in Biology, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Professional Affiliations

• American Academy of Forensic Science
• Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists
• International Association for Identification
• New York Microscopical Society
• American Society for Testing and Materials

Certification

• Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Document Examiners

Teaching Positions

• Hofstra University, Chemistry Department                                        2003-Present
• CUNY John Jay College, Forensic Science Department                      1978-1980


Specialized Coursework and Continuing Education:

1982/83, 1985/86
Three year apprenticeship
NYPD Questioned Document Unit

1985
Fundamentals of Documents Examination for Laboratory Personnel
FBI Academy

1991
Typewriter and Printer Examination
FBI Academy

1985
Crime Laboratory Photography
FBI Academy

1996
Latent Print School
FBI Academy

1985
Questioned Document Course
US Secret Service

1980
Survey of Questioned Documents
CUNY John Jay College

1998
Advanced Handwriting Identification, Theory, Mechanics and Analysis
University of New Haven

2001
Printing Process Identification and Image Analysis for
Forensic Document Examiners
Rochester Institute of Technology

1986
Questioned Documents Handwriting Course
Valencia College

1988
Signature Workshop
American Academy of Forensic Sciences

1995
Signature Workshop
Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists

1994
Typewriting Examination and Classification Workshop
Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists

1994
Crime Laboratory Photography Workshop
Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists

2000
Paper and Fiber Examination Workshop
Integrated Paper Services/SWAFDE

2000
National Expert Witness and Litigation Seminar
SEAK Legal & Medical Information Systems

1997
Expert Witness and Testimony Workshop
American Academy of Forensic Sciences

2000
Microspectrophotometry in Forensic Science
S.E.E. Corp.

1997
Windows 95 and Adobe Photoshop
CompUSA

1999
Quality Assurance Principals for Forensic Laboratory Personnel
Enigma Analytical

2003
Graffiti Examination and Comparison
NYPD Vandal Squad

2003
Visual Spectral Comparator Workshop
Foster & Freeman

2003
Fraudulent Document Examination
NYPD Counter Terrorism Bureau

2003
Ethics in Forensic Science
Doug Lucas

2004
Inkjet Printer Workshop
Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists

2004
Document Examination Techniques in Non-Handwriting Problems
American Board of Forensic Document Examiners

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