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Richard T. Picciochi
Forensic Document Examiner
110 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 104A
Floral Park NY 11001
USA
phone: (516) 326-1122
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Richard T. Picciochi is a Questioned Document Examiner with over thirty years of experience in the New York City Police Department Crime Laboratory and in private practice. He is retired from the NYPD Forensic Investigation Division where he was a Detective, Document Examiner and the Technical Supervisor of the Questioned Document Unit. In the course of his career he has examined thousands of disputed signature, handwriting and document cases, participated in numerous high profile investigations and testified in trials including the "Zodiac" homicides and the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Mr. Picciochi possesses a background that integrates the academic sciences, applied forensic sciences and law enforcement investigations. He has earned a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science and has received extensive specialized training in questioned document analysis by the NYPD, the FBI and the United States Secret Service. Mr. Picciochi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) and was awarded certification upon completion of comprehensive written, practical and oral examinations. He is also a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Association for Identification.

Mr. Picciochi specializes in the examination of signatures, handwriting and other document problems. He can provide on-site inspections, comprehensive written reports, demonstrative exhibits and expert testimony. Mr. Picciochi will accept civil, criminal and administrative cases and offers his services to both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys.
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Ray Yepes
Director of Forensics and Incident Response
1205 Sam Bass Rd.
Round Rock Texas 78681
USA
phone: 512-255-3700
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Cyber Defenses, Inc. is uniquely positioned to provide the highest possible level of Cyber Security, Management, and Technology solutions to their clients. Founded in 2001 by a team of returning military, cyber security veterans, Cyber Defenses has a dual focus on the Government/Public Sector and Private Sectors. Team members hail from the Big 5 consulting firms, as well as top Fortune 500 companies and the US Military. They hold credentials from NSA, Endeca, SAP – BOBJ, Oracle – OBIEE, MicroStrategy, Microsoft, Cisco, Linux, and many others.

Cyber Defenses, Inc. integrates cyber security oversight, comprehensive managed services, and cyber security training to provide security service on behalf of national security interests, domestically and abroad, as well as many of the nation’s leading commercial concerns. Such industries include Banking, Educational Institutions, Federal Healthcare Insurance, IT Services, Manufacturing & Packaged Goods, Oil & Gas, and many more.

Consulting Services:
  • Organization Review
  • Incident Review
  • Data Protection
  • Defense Operations
  • Vulnerability and Patch Management
  • Extended Threat Intelligence
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Threat Hunting and Response
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Education and Training
  • Ray Yepes Security Expert PhotoRay Yepes, Director of Forensics and Incident Response at CyberDefenses, Inc., has over 21 years of experience as a Security Professional and Criminal Investigations Examiner. In addition to many forensic industry certifications, Mr. Yepes is a Diplomate member of the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security. He has been a licensed private investigator since 2006.

    As a security professional, Mr. Yepes has consulted, designed, maintained, and/or implemented security perimeters, network security architectures, and security policies for small, midsize, and large companies including Fortune 500, 200, 100, and 50 companies.

    As a criminal investigations examiner, Mr. Yepes has assisted and advised local and federal government agencies in national security matters and high profile criminal investigations. His first digital forensic investigation dates back to 1995 while assisting the FBI in a child pornography case.

    Mr. Yepes has conducted and managed numerous Cyber Security incidents, including but not limited to malware, phishing, password attacks, denial of service attacks (DoS), Man in the Middle attacks (MiTM), drive-by downloads, malvertising, rogue software, social media threats, advanced persistent threats (APT), and other incidents. In response, he has developed and executed information security strategies, advising business areas on security risks.

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    Carolyn Kurtz
    Southampton PA 18966-3338
    USA
    phone: 215-357-3083; email: carolynkk@comcast.net
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    Carolyn Kurtz has been a Board Certified Forensic Document Examiner since 1985. Certified by the Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (S.A.F.E.) in 2013 and board certified by the World Association of Document Examiners (W.A.D.E.) in 1997. She is an Expert Witness for both Plaintiff and Defense counsel.

    Experience:
    • Participated in proficiency testing - ST2AR Skill-Task Training Assessment – 2011.
    • Certificate in Forensic Document Examination with Andrew J. Bradley (Andrew Bradley) and Associates, Denver, CO - 1991.
    • Certificate in Advanced Studies: Extended Training in Questioned Document Problems with Andrew J. Bradley - 1996.
    • Private study in Document Examination with Felix Klein (Director, Manhattan Handwriting Consultants, New York City - Consultant to the United Nations) Advanced Course - 1985.
    • Certificate in Forensic Document Examination from Mercer County Community College, Mercer County, NJ - 1984-1985.
    • Testified in approximately 50 cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Connecticut - Civil and Criminal Court.
    Services Include:
    • Disputed Document Problems
    • Signature Verification
    • Handwriting Comparison
    • Typewriter Comparison
    • Deciphering Ribbons
    • Document Authentication
    • Forgeries
    • Alterations (contracts, deeds, wills, promissory notes, medical records, anonymous notes, checks, and other documents)
    Memberships Past and Present:
    • International Association of Document Examiners
    • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners
    • National Association of Document Examiners
    • World Association of Document Examiners
    • National Bureau of Document Examiners
    References Available Upon Request.
    Occasionally, the document examiner encounters a signature or writing that is believed to be a forgery but in reality was written by a blind or visually impaired individual. There are various features of blind writing that could initially be mistaken for a forgery, so it is understandable that this could occur.

    Before the fountain pen began to be widely used in the late 1800s, writing was mainly done at a desk with a steel nib pen that constantly had to be dipped into an inkwell. The fountain pen, which was designed to carry its own ink supply, brought greater convenience and portability to the writing process.

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    Larry Stewart
    Chief Forensic Scientist
    793A E. Foothill Boulevard, #200
    San Luis Obispo CA 93405
    USA
    phone: 805-595-1333
    fax: 805-595-3333
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    California Main Office:
    793A East Foothill Blvd., #200
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

    Global Forensic Services, LLC (GFS) is a Forensic Consulting, Laboratory and Investigative Firm offering over 37 years of experience and training in a wide range of forensic science and private investigation disciplines.

    Larry Stewart has personally examined tens of thousands of individual items of evidence from sources such as state, local, and federal agencies (e.g. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Central Intelligence Agency, and others), and foreign governments. On several occasions he has examined cases involving international disputes between governments.

    Mr. Stewart has testified as an Expert Witness in state, federal and military courts of law, as well as in foreign court systems to include; Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka and Thailand. He has also testified at The Hague in the Netherlands and three times as an expert before the U.S. Congress.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Questioned Documents
    • Crime Scene Evaluation
    • Trace Evidence
    • Ink Analysis
    • Age Determination
    • Authenticity
    • Fraud Investigations
    • Fingerprints
  • Handwriting
  • Daubert and Cold Case (consultant) Investigations
  • Indented Writing
  • Striations
  • Typewriting
  • Erasures
  • Office Machines
  • Tracing
  • Larry F. Stewart
    This book can be purchased directly from the author, It covers the Document Examination profession, tools of the trade, documents defined, interviewing, examination, handwriting analysis, covert and overt investigations, and other related areas.
    Larry F. Stewart
    This book can be purchased directly from the author, It discusses the Identity Theft problem we face, the victims, usual suspects, detecting loss and other related issues.
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    Khody R. Detwiler
    Forensic Document Examiner
    7550 Woodbury Pike
    Roaring Spring PA 16673
    Serving the United States & International
    phone: 814-793-2377 | 412-430-3887 | 215-800-0120
    fax: 814-793-3790
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    Gus Lesnevich and Khody Detwiler (Lesnevich & Detwiler) have over 55 years of combined experience specializing in the Examination and Analysis of Signatures, Writings, and Documents. They own and operate one of the most sophisticated private forensic document laboratories in the United States; including the capabilities to perform all aspects of non-destructive forensic document and handwriting examinations.

    Litigation Support - Lesnevich & Detwiler are often retained (both nationally and internationally) by law firms, government agencies, insurance companies, banking institutions, fortune 500 corporations and other private entities to handle any issue involving the authenticity of documents, writings and signatures in both criminal and civil matters (i.e. wills and other testamentary documents, medical records, insurance policy forms, deeds, mortgages, banking transaction documents, contracts, anonymous/threatening letters and much more).

    Lesnevich & Detwiler are court qualified in state, federal and international jurisdictions and have earned a stellar reputation for producing highly-effective court illustrations in support of our findings when providing expert witness testimony. They are committed to bringing the highest level of expertise to all of their clients in every aspect of their case, from beginning to end.

    In addition to the services mentioned above, Lesnevich & Detwiler also offers extensive litigation and investigative support in the form of confidential consultation regarding the Forensic Document Examination discipline as a whole; including assistance with evaluating and interpreting the credentials and opinions of other practitioners within their field. They pride themselves on providing their clients with the tools necessary to not only use their services, but to understand them as well. They practice on the belief that education is not only essential in any expert retention, it is the absolute cornerstone to a successful outcome!

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Evidence Handling Procedures
    • Expert Witness and Legal Proceedings
    • Photography and Digital Imaging
    • Electronic Signature Analysis
    • Examination Procedures
    • Handwriting, Hand Printing, Signature Examinations
    • Alterations, Obliterations, Erasures Examinations
  • Printing Processes ID and Examination
  • Photocopiers / Facsimile Examinations
  • Mechanical Impression Examinations
  • Typewriter Examinations
  • Non-Destructive Ink Analysis
  • Non-Destructive Paper Analysis
  • Non-Destructive Indentation Analysis
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    Pat McElroy, Jr.
    6300 Ridglea Place
    Suite 313
    Fort Worth TX 76116
    USA
    phone: 817-420-6593
    fax: 866-379-1819
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    Pat McElroy, Jr. has more than 40 years of experience in the Banking Industry as a Regulator, Banker and Consultant. He has provided various management, lending, operational and regulatory services to financial institutions throughout the United States. Mr. McElroy has extensive experience as an expert witness and has been qualified in civil, criminal and bankruptcy proceedings. He is courtroom seasoned and also has high profile case experience.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Bank Policies and Procedures
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Lender Liability
  • Lending Related Matters
  • Bond Claims
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Credit & Collections
  • Ordinary Care
  • Employee Crime
  • Industry Standards
  • Bankruptcy Proceedings
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    Mike Wakshull
    MS, CQE, PMP, CISA
    P.O. Box 892965
    Temecula CA 92589
    USA
    phone: 951-252-4929
    fax: 951-302-1785
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    Q9 Consulting partners with its clients to develop and implement effective risk management procedures to successfully commercialize and sustain safe and effective products.

    Q9 Consulting, Inc. was founded in 2007 by Mike Wakshull. The name originates from ICH Q9, Quality Risk Management for the pharmaceutical industry. Mike managed Corporate Quality Risk Management for Amgen, the world's largest biotechnology company. Mike's experience with medical device product risk management has focused on implementation of ISO 14971.

    Mike was a technical editor and primary contributor to the 2nd edition of the risk management chapter 11 of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK Guide). This is an ANSI and ISO standard for project management. He has contributed to the risk management chapter of the 4th edition of the PMBoK Guide.

    Services offered include:
    • Expert witness testimony
    • Project Management Consulting
    • Risk Management Consulting
    • Project Management Training
    • Risk Management Training
    • Forensic Document Examination
    In 1999 Mike wrote the first 4-day Project Risk Management course for Learning Tree International. In 2002 he presented 2 4-day risk management classes for PMI Seminars World. Mike teaches project risk management for the University of California at Irvine's Extension University. He wrote and presented globally the internal Product Quality Risk Management training classes at Abbott Vascular.

    Q9 Consulting, Inc. serves Southern California counties of Riverside, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, and surrounding regions. Work is accepted from all other locations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Managing large information systems projects
    • Project risk management
    • Pharmaceutical product uality risk management
    • ICH Q9
    • Medical Device product quality risk management
    • ISO 14971
    • Training classes
    • Public speaking
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    Generally, document examiners state that a source signatures is needed to show that the signature on a document is cut from another document then pasted onto the document in question. In this case study, a technique is presented to demonstrate how a cut-and-paste was discovered without the source signature.

    When she was a girl, the young woman had emigrated with her family to the United States from her home country in Africa. She grew up in the northeastern USA and was now attending college. As part of her application for United States citizenship she must present her birth certificate. Her father sent the birth certificate to her. The birth certificate had apparent alterations. Government officials refused to accept the birth as valid because her appearance did not match the age on the birth certificate. She was born in 1994 yet birth certificate appears to state her year of birth as 1984.

    2/27/2017 · Forensic Analysis
    The divorce had been finalized 15 years earlier. The husband had moved on with his life. He was happily remarried and enjoying his retirement years. The ex-wife could not let go. She sued in the Superior Court of Los Angeles claiming the husband would not relinquish rights to real property and other interests that had been part of the divorce settlement.

    The decedent signed a life insurance beneficiary form a few weeks after having brain surgery. The plaintiff claimed the signature was not executed by the decedent. The defense claimed that the decedent had signed the document and the differences are attributed to the effects of brain surgery.

    As with any other profession, document examiners have a range of expertise and experience. As important as it is for your client to make a clear assessment of your abilities, it is up to you to determine in advance, with a high degree of accuracy, whether the document examiner you plan to hire will perform the most accurate assessments and be ready to back up those assessments with a scientifically repeatable methodology in court.

    None of us wants to feel that our opinions are tainted by bias. The ability to recognize when bias is an influence in an expert's opinion and the skill of an expert to overcome his or her biases is integral to an expert's credibility.

    Michael Wakshull
    The Most Dangerous Animal of All was co-written by the estranged son of California’s infamous Zodiac killer to reveal his father’s true identity. When the book hit the streets the skeptics were in full force. Just like those who mocked the boy who cried wolf, no one could blame them. Too many people had already claimed to either be the killer or to know who he really was.
    Michael Wakshull
    Forensic document examination, performed correctly, is a reliable discipline that can demonstrate the innocence of your client or the guilt of your opponent. Used strategically, it can help you settle out of court. When court is necessary, your document examiner can present a case so clearly that the outcome is beyond doubt. To achieve this, your document examiner must be proficient in the latest techniques and adept at reporting results.
    5/16/2014
    " Q9 Consulting, Inc. announces the release of a new book, The End of the Zodiac Mystery, How Forensic Science Helped Solve One of the Most the Most Infamous Serial Killer Cases of the Century by Michael Wakshull."
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    Sylvia Kessler
    21909 Quail Ridge Circle
    Elkhorn NE 68022
    USA
    phone: 402-331-3447
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    Sylvia Kessler has over 25 years of experience as an effective and skilled Certified Forensic Document Examiner as well as a Handwriting Expert. She has conducted hundreds of examinations and generated numerous reports concerning questioned handwriting and signatures.

    Ms. Kessler's clients include fraud and legal departments, attorneys, investigators, government agencies, teachers, insurance companies, universities, banks, business owners, as well as individuals and families concerning many issues regarding handwriting. She serves a Consultant on a variety of forensic document and handwriting instruments, including:
    • Wills
    • Checks
    • Voter registrations
    • Insurance Forms
    • Financial Documents
    • Mortgage Documents
  • Banking Forms / Disputes
  • Retail Contracts
  • Cut and Paste Documents
  • Deeds of Trust
  • Threatening Letters
  • Anonymous Letters
  • Background Experience - Ms. Kessler completed her training with Dr. Marie Cassil in 1976 and has been active as a Handwriting Expert and Forensic Document Examiner since 1980. Since that time, she has studied and become Certified by the Scientific Association of Forensic Experts, SAFE, as a Forensic Document Examiner. Ms. Kessler has also been Certified as a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner since 1986.

    Lectures /Teaching / Training: Sylvia Kessler has designed and taught hundreds of students Forgery Detection and Handwriting Analysis, through Metro Community College, Southeast Community College, and Clemson University. She has worked directly with Physicians Mutual and Woodmen of the World Legal Department to train hundreds of underwriters basic forgery indicators as well as teams from various business organizations, businesses, and groups. Ms. Kessler has also presented “Forgery Red Flags” instruction manual to numerous groups including the Nebraska Bar Association and Eastern NE Anti Fraud Association.

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    In the field of Forensic Document Examination, one of the most important responsibilities is to locate and examine all of the known and questioned originals involved in the case. This article is a brief explanation with photographs that will demonstrate the value of evidence that can only be found in originals.

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    Robert Radley
    Forensic Document Examiner
    Macartneys, Kings Road
    Silchester Reading RG7 2NS
    GBR
    phone: 44 -0-118 97023
    fax: 44 -0-118 9702395
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    Robert Radley's practice is the longest established private independent laboratory in Great Britain dealing solely with the Forensic Examination of Handwriting and Documents. Mr. Radley is a trained forensic scientist specialising exclusively in this field. He has written numerous papers and publications in forensic science journals on forensic document examination relating to a variety of aspects of this work and has presented these to scientific meetings both in this country and abroad. He has been on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Forensic Document Examiners.

    Since 1971, Mr. Radley has been consulted in over 9,000 cases involving questioned documents with instructions received from all over the world. These generally relate to signature authentication and/or handwriting identification together with other areas of document examination which are dealt with on a routine basis, including non-destructive instrumental analysis of inks, paper, alterations, erasures, typewriting, printing, indented and electrostatic writing impressions in documents (ESDA), photocopy examinations, dating queries and determination of sequences of writings. He has trained as a Single Joint Expert and regularly deals with such cases. His laboratory is extensively equipped with the necessary instrumentation for the forensic examination of documents.

    Mr. Radley has given evidence on several hundred occasions as an expert witness in the courts throughout the UK and also courts in Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malta, The Hague, The Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland, Kenya and Gibraltar.

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    Vasil ID Training LLC
    Joseph Vasil
    Questioned Identity Documentation Examiner
    Bordentown NJ 08505
    USA
    phone: 609-556-5203
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    Joseph Vasil has over 35 years experience as a nationally recognized expert in Identification, Examination and Analysis, and Training of Questioned Identity Documentation.

    Background - Mr. Vasil retired as Coordinator from NJMVC Fraudulent Document Training Unit in July 2014 where he spearheaded the planning and launch of the FDTU in 2002.

    In October 2002, he was appointed to head the New Jersey Attorney General/NJMVC Document Fraud Taskforce and, in 2003, he was directly responsible for the initial training all NJMVC staff and management (over 400) in document fraud prevention as mandated by the "Motor Vehicle Security and Customer Act" of 2003.

    In 2011, Mr. Vasil developed specific, detailed document fraud training program in the detection of high quality U.S. counterfeit driver licenses currently circulating in the United States. This program was presented to and accepted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and distributed to airports nationwide for training purposes.

    Mr. Vasil is certified by the NJ Police Training Commission (PTC) to instruct Counter-Terrorism Document Fraud courses at approved police academies throughout the state since 2004. He has successfully trained 4000+ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) employees in 262 classes and 16,000+ law enforcement personnel in 500 classes. He design innovative, comprehensive document fraud training curricula and deliver presentations that engage and inform diverse audiences.

    Litigation Support - A certified expert witness in United States Eastern District Court in state and federal court since 1996, Mr. Vasil has provided highly detailed written forensic reports (over 50) for the U.S. Attorney's Office New York City and various NJ County Prosecutor's Offices. He has effectively conducted and investigated 400+ cases involving the use of false identification to illegally secure a driver license.

    Specific Areas of Expertise:
    • Driver Licenses (All States & Foreign)
    • NJ Titles & Vehicle Registrations
    • United States Birth Certificates
    • Foreign Birth Certificates
    • Permanent Resident Cards / Green Cards
  • United States & Foreign Passports
  • United States Visas
  • I-94 Social Security Cards
  • Certificates of Naturalization & Citizenship
  • Liquor Licenses / Business Licenses