The certified forensic document examiner must utilize all the latest techniques and technology that science has to offer when examining questioned documents.When investigating digital crimes—crimes such as forged passports, driver’s licenses, computer-generated documents, and digital images inserted into other items—document examiners are referred to as digital-crime investigators.Items such as credit-card receipts, legal papers, canceled checks, personal notes, leases, and other types of documents and writing may hold the clues to the motive.
An investigator who does not think along those lines may miss the subtle clues that could be found on even the smallest scrap of paper, on a blank writing pad (that might reveal “invisible” indented writing), or among the personal belongings of a victim.
Crimes involving fraud, larceny, forged wills, death threats, identity theft, ransom notes, poison-pen letters, “other-hand” disguised writing, traced signatures, assisted deathbed signatures, altered medical records, fingerprint examination, ink and paper analysis, watermarks, contrived faxes, “cut-and-pasted” signatures on legal documents, anachronisms (chronological errors, such as paper or ink that did not exist simultaneously), disputed pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and auto-pen signatures are examples of the types of cases that are filed in our courts every day.
The document examiner is an advocate of the courts.
Examiners do not have clients; they represent the justice system.
White-collar crime accounts for more than $140 billion in losses annually.
Nearly billion worth of check fraud occurs annually.
More than million of worthless checks are passed daily.
Telemarketing accounts for billion in fraud, while according to the FBI, Internet fraud as of 2009 had topped 4 million in online losses.
A well-trained document examiner knows to examine all the physical features of a questioned document, not just the questioned signature.