Proving Up Document Forgeries

Lately, we’ve seen a virtual landslide of falsified document cases, including bootcamper LindaTirelli’s Citigroup settlement and the recent New Jersey Appellate ruling against Wells Fargo.  The Florida Bar also entered the fray, cautioning foreclosure plaintiffs’ attorneys about their duty to disclose fraud on the court, even where cases were closed and foreclosed homes had been sold.

We all know there’s a lot of bad paper floating around out there–and more being generated while cases are in progress–but questions often arise as to how to attack those fake documents.  Many attorneys are unsure of how to find a forensic document examiner who can provide the services they need, what the appropriate cost for such services might be, and exactly what can and cannot be reliably determined through document examination.  The answers may vary depending upon the expert in question.

There are a number of firms that can differentiate between an actual signature and a stamp; ink dating is less common and less readily available, but possible.

Those attending Operation Strikeback: The Foreclosure Defense Bootcamp in Las Vegas this weekend will have the opportunity to hear from forensic document examiner Emily J. Will and receive a copy of her presentation.

To find a forensic document examiner in your area, you may wish to contact one of the national or regional associations listed below:

American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) (Questioned Document Section)
American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE)
American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE)
Midwestern Association of Forensic Sciences (MAFS)
Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners (SWAFDE),
Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS)
Southeastern Association of Forensic Document Examiners (SAFDE)
Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS)