Introduction to Examination of Altered Documents

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This program was recorded on January 17th, 2019

In a divorce case, one spouse’s interest in the property was transferred to the other spouse. The fraudulent deed was recorded by the Los Angeles County recorder’s office. It was notarized and signed. It truly looked legitimate. Upon careful examination, I discovered how the deed had been altered. The court transferred the property interest back to the proper spouse. Forensic document examiners often are retained to determine whether a document has been altered. Alterations are made in many ways. The person making the alteration believes they are clever enough to avoid detection. Usually they leave traces of their misdeeds behind. This presentation reviews examples from real cases, offering an overview of different types of alterations encountered by document examiners and methods of detecting the alterations.



  • Mike Wakshull
    Mike Wakshull is a court-qualified forensic document examiner located in Temecula, CA. He partners with attorney clients to deliver results that often lead to early settlements in favor of the counsel who retained him. When cases go to trial, he presents them in jury-speak rather than techno-geek to educate the triers of fact. He applies his technical and science training to present a science-based approach to his opinions—a court requirement.

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    1. An altered deed filed with the county recorder.
    2. Alteration of a mortgage document.
    3. Tools used by forensic document examiners to detect alterations.
    4. Alteration of computer-generated documents.
    5. Discovery of cut-and-paste signatures.
    6. Alteration of medical records.
    7. Alteration of email.
    8. Is the Word or other electronic document as purported?
    9. Examined signatures written on digital tablets.
    10. Tools used by document examiners in non-handwriting examinations.
    11. The future of forensic document examination.

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