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Questioned Documents Examiner, Forensic document examiner, document examination, handwriting, signatures, medical records

Forensic Document Examiner

Curriculum Vitae

Expert completed her formal apprenticeship in questioned document examination under the direct supervision of her business associate. Her training conforms to the Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners (SWAFDE) Training Guidelines (2006) and included training from FBI and Secret Service materials. Work provided by Expert is peer-reviewed by her business associate who has more than 33 years of professional experience involving most aspects of forensic document examination. (Her business associates’ CV is available upon request.)

In addition to forensic handwriting analysis, Expert is especially skilled in decipherment of all kinds including digital signatures embedded in electronic documents, indented writings, and obliterated content, all of which can be part of a complex multiple-page document examination. She and her business associate share a laboratory which includes state-of-the-art equipment and a full library of reference resources. Expert provides informative presentations about most aspects of the field document examination for small or large audiences. She is also a Notary Public in the State of California.

Formal Education

Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration

Available for Matters Involving:

Digital Signatures
Real Estate Transactions
Corporate Investigations
General Civil Litigation
Medical Malpractice
Immigration Matters
Anonymous Letters
Sexual Harassment
Probate Matters
Family Law
Criminal Defense
Insurance Fraud

Areas of Expertise & Services Offered Involving:

Development & Decipherment of Indented Writings
Photocopier Classification & Identification
Typewriting Classification & Identification
Signature & Handwriting Identification
Document Dating & Anachronism
Detection of Altered Documents
Computer-Generated Documents
Decipherment of Obliterations
Photocopy Manipulations
Ink & Paper Analyses
Counterfeit Detection
Expert Witness Testimony

Examined Documents & Rendered Independent Conclusions on Behalf of:

San Bernardino County Office of the Public Defender
San Diego County Public Defender
San Diego County Office of the Alternate Public Defender
Riverside County Office of the Public Defender
Clark County Nevada District Attorney
State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs
Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender
Numerous private law firms, insurance carriers, corporations and private concerns
Some of these cases have been ongoing into independent practice in conjunction with casework for her business associate.

Highlights of Approved Specialized Formal Questioned Documents Training

– 2010: San Diego Police Department Documents Laboratory, San Diego, CA Moot Court
– 2009: San Diego Police Department Documents Laboratory, San Diego, CA Moot Court
– 2009: Moore Document Laboratory, Fair Oaks, CA 5-day on-the-job training
– 2009: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester NY Printing Process Identification and Image Analysis for Forensic Document Examiners (5 days)
– 2006: McCrone College of Microscopy, Westmont, IL Microscopy for the Forensic Document Examiner (1 day)
– 2005: Institute of Applied Science, Syracuse, NY Fundamentals of Questioned Document Examination (online)

Highlights of Approved Continuing Professional Education

– 2011: Notary Learning  Center, Notary Public Mandatory Education, San Marcos, CA
– 2011: SWAFDE 30th Anniversary Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ (presenter)
– 2011: AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting (Questioned Documents Section), Chicago, IL
– 2010: Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc. (SWAFDE), American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE) Joint Annual Scientific Meeting, Victoria, BC, Canada
– 2010: International Association for Identification (IAI) Annual Scientific Meeting (Questioned Documents Section), Spokane, WA (presenter)
– 2010: American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting (Questioned Documents Section), Seattle WA
– 2009: AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting (Questioned Documents Section), Denver, CO
– 2009: Lewis Consulting and Investigative Training, Temecula, CA Methods of Latent Print and Crime Scene Processing
– 2009: SWAFDE – Annual Scientific Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (presenter)
– 2009: Escondido Adult Education, Escondido, CA Photoshop Applications
– 2008: Skill Task Training Assessment & Research, Inc. (ST2AR training provided by ABFDE certified FDE’s) FDE Forensic Fall Workshop,  Las Vegas, NV
– 2008: AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting (Questioned Documents Section), Washington, DC
– 2007: AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting (Questioned Documents Section), San Antonio, TX
– 2007: SEAK, Inc., Falmouth, MA Expert Witness Conference, sponsored by the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA), Southern California

Professional Affiliations

– Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners SWAFDE
– International Association for Identification – IAI (Questioned Document Section)
– American Academy of Forensic Sciences – AAFS (Questioned Document Section)
– American Society for Testing and Materials International ASTM  (Section E30)
– National Notary Association

Proficiency Testing

Expert has participated and continues to participate in annual voluntary proficiency testing for questioned document examiners administered by third parties (CTS, ST2AR members are ABFDE diplomates). As of this date, all results have been satisfactory.

Expert also served as a member of the examination committee for a Moot Court performed at the San Diego Sheriff Crime Lab

Publications and Presentations: Upon Request

Awards and Achievements

– Distinguished Service Award Military Order of the Purple Heart (2009, 2010)

Academic History

– Graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Criminal Justice Administration) from University of Phoenix Online, Phoenix, AZ
– Graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree (Dental Hygiene) from Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA
– Graduate training at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, University of Southern California School of Dentistry and University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry

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