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Speaking at a forensic conference in India
Michael N. Wakshull --Forensic Document Examiner Michael N. Wakshull --Forensic Document Examiner
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Dateline: Temecula, CA
Tuesday, April 13, 2021


On March 28 I was honored to speak at the International Association of Scientists and Researchers conference on Forensic document examination which was held in New Delhi, India.

The conference which was delivered via Zoom featured speakers from #Egypt, #Turkey, #India, the #USA and other countries. My topic was “Little known secrets about altered documents.” The presentation featured examples from cases on which I have worked. The examples include methods discovered to find the winning numbers on a California lottery ticket, using alternate light sources and Photoshop to learn what was written below black scribbling on a real estate contract, using a microscope to show evidence of disguised writing, and other techniques for discovering altered documents.

People have learned to be creative in their alterations. One case involved a signature that was lifted from a PDF document then placed onto a Microsoft Word document. The person stretched the lifted signature so it would not comport with the source signature when they were overlaid onto each other. I used Photoshop to lift both signatures from their respective documents. The signatures were overlaid onto each other. One was shrunk vertically. At one point the matched perfectly. The copied signature had artifacts from the source that were visible when the colors were changed and the signatures were enlarged.

Although the conference started at 10:00 pm Pacific time, it was an excellent opportunity to learn from brilliant forensic document examiners from around the world. I left the meeting at approximately 2:00 am. Fortunately the presentations will be offered on the #IASR’s YouTube channel. Here is a link to the IASR conference schedule and speakers. If you have an opportunity, watch some of the presentations on the YouTube channel.

About the Author: Michael Wakshull, president of Q9 Consulting, is a civil and criminal court-qualified forensic document examiner providing services throughout the U.S.A. and internationally. Cases include authentication of handwritten and computer-generated documents. Wakshull holds a Master of Science in technology management, a graduate school certificate in forensic document examination and has spoken at international forensics conferences including the World Congress of Forensics in China. He authors and presents document examination courses for minimum continuing legal education (MCLE). Wakshull is a member of the vice president of Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners, National Association of Document Examiners, past president of the San Diego Chapter of Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA), ASTM International, and a senior member of the American Society for Quality.

Mike has authored three books on the topic of forensic document examination. 

As a National Speakers Association member, he is available to speak on these subjects.

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Name: Michael N. Wakshull
Title: Forensic Document Examiner
Group: Q9 Consutling, Inc.
Dateline: Temecula, CA United States
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