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FORENSIC FRAUD 

"...expert witnesses testify the way they are paid to testify, and it is almost always the prosecution that has all 
the money. Some paid experts testify exclusively for the prosecution side, knowing
that if they ever testify for 
the defense, they will be blackballed."
- Paul Carpenter, "Expert illuminates perjury problem involving experts; There is virtually no accountability"
Allentown Morning Call
, March 31, 2002


This is an archive of more than a hundred cases involving alleged, admitted, and/ or demonstrable forensic fraud. That is, it is an archive of cases where forensic science and law enforcement experts have provided sworn testimony, documents, or reports intended for the court that contain deceptive or misleading information, findings, opinions, or conclusions. Such information, findings, or conclusions have been deliberately offered by the expert in order to secure an unfair or unlawful gain as determined by their employers, by the courts, and in many cases by their own admission. Subsequently, no opinions have been added to the referenced sources.  

This archive is maintained solely for educational and informational purposes, to raise professional and public awareness regarding the nature and extent of forensic fraud. Curiously, though fraud in these contexts is largely considered a crime, it only infrequently results in consequences for the fraudster - ranging from demotion, to firing, to criminal prosecution.

It should be noted that this is not an archive of mere forensic mistakes, mishaps, or misidentifications (these can be found here). 

We currently have a further back-log of cases to add to this archive. This will be done as time permits. Updates are ongoing. Please feel free to submit additional cases, materials or corrections to info@forensic-science.com.


General Articles and Resources

For some background on what has been described as a crisis in the forensic community, please read the following material:

Turvey, B. “Forensic Frauds: A Study of 42 Cases,” Journal of Behavioral Profiling, April, 2003, Vol. 4, No. 1

Forensic Science Misconduct - The Innocence Project website

Junk Science in the Courtroom - www.TruthinJustice.org

            Forensics Under Fire - Jim Fisher, FBI (ret.)

"Prologue: Examining the Examiners,"; "Introduction: Forensic Science the Promise and the Product,"; "Chapter One: The Whistleblower Versus the Friends of Louie," from Kelly, J. & Wearne, P.K. (1998) TAINTING EVIDENCE: Inside the Scandals at the FBI Crime Lab, The Free Press

  Carpenter, P. "Expert illuminates perjury problem involving experts; There is virtually no accountability" Allentown Morning Call , March 31, 2002  

  Giannelli, P. "EXPERT QUALIFICATIONS & TESTIMONY," Conference on Science and Law,  San Diego, April 15, 1999

Foley, M.O. (2000) Police Perjury: A Factorial Survey, City University of New York - doctoral dissertation, NIJ Grant No. 98-IJ-CX-0032

McKay, J. "Police Crime Labs Struggle with Funding, Training and Bias Issues" Government Technology, July 9, 2008

Maier, T. "Inside the DNA Labs," Insight on the News, March 26, 2003

Novack, R. "FBI clings to policy of harassing whistleblowers," Chicago Sun-Times, June 19, 2003

TESTIMONY OF PETER NEUFELD, ESQ. ON BEHALF OF THE INNOCENCE PROJECT BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
UNITED STATES SENATE JANUARY 23, 2008, REGARDING “OVERSIGHT OF THE JUSTICE FOR ALL ACT: HAS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT EFFECTIVELY ADMINISTERED THE BLOODSWORTH AND COVERDELL GRANT PROGRAMS?

Thompson, C. "Crime bomb: Police crime labs are churning out tainted evidence – and nobody's doing anything about it." SFBG.com, November 22, 2000


The Cases

"If you have an examiner who is not qualified, they are like clerks or technicians at best. 
They are not scientists. They are not Ph.D.s. Sometimes they have only a high-school diploma."

- Douglas J. Wood, Maryland defense attorney

Etiam capillus unus habet umbram. ~ Even one hair has a shadow.
- Publilius Syrus

No confidential case material has been or will be archived in this section.

Forensic Expert / Lab

Fraud

Sources & Further Information


Talibah Akili
Foster Care Coordinator
Ibero-American Action League
Minority Foster Boarding Home Program


Admitted that she lied under oath in 2002 when she claimed to have multiple postgraduate college degrees and to be a certified social worker, forensic counselor and substance abuse counselor. She testified as an expert witness in a Family Court case in which a Rochester woman lost custody of her children.

In reality she had no education past high school. She pleaded guilty to first-degree perjury.


"Foster care coordinator admits she faked credentials for job," WHEC-TV Rochester, January 25, 2005



Sandra Anderson

Dog Handler/ Director,
Great Lakes Search and Rescue, Michigan


Charged with planting evidence so that her dog, Eagle, would make positive hits in locations where police hoped to find remains, or evidence of remains.

Of note, Anderson testified for the prosecution in the trial of Peter Kupaza. She was the only expert whose testimony connected Mr. Kupaza to the crime in any fashion. She testified that her dog, Eagle, made a positive hit on the defendant's vehicle for biological material. However, a Luminol test failed to react positively to anything in the vehicle. 


Jackson, E. "Eagle's handler questioned," Panama News, Vol. 8, No. 10, May 26 - June 15, 2002

Ashenfelter, D. "Director of search team is charged with faking evidence," Detroit Free Press, June 23, 2003

"Investigator Faces Charges For Allegedly Planting Bones," ClickOnDetroit.com, June 24, 2003

Ashenfelter, D. "Planting of homicide evidence is alleged," Detroit Free Press, June 24, 2003

Chamberlin, C. "Dog handler faces federal charges: Woman planted site with fake bones," WJR-TV, June 24, 2003

"Crime solving woman charged with planting evidence," Wood-TV, June 25, 2003

Kennedy, J. "Owner of search dog faces charges," Monroe Evening News, June 25, 2003

Hagelberg, K. "Expert accused of faking evidence," Akron Beacon-Journal, June 28, 2003

Audi, T. "BONES OF CONTENTION: Cadaver-sniffing canine's finds are under suspicion," Detroit Free Press, July 14, 2003

Audi, T. "Digging for the truth," Detroit Free Press, July 17, 2003

"Dog Trainer Accused Of Planting Bones, Blood," ClickOnDetroit.com, July 18, 2003

Emerson, A. "Searcher doubted in probe of slaying near zoo," Lansing State Journal, July 18, 2003

"Doubt cast on 17 years of work," The Advertiser, July 19, 2003

Audi, T. "The case of the crime dog: Canine ace's handler faces accusations," Knight Ridder Newspapers, July 20, 2003

"Authorities Investigating Suspicious Toe," Associated Press, July 22, 2003

Erb, R. "Claims of planted body parts cause FBI to dig for truth on dog handler: Michigan woman denies allegation of wrongdoing," Toledo Blade, July 23, 2003

"Dog Finds Toe At Murder Scene: Woman Accused Of Planting Toe At Scene," Associated Press, July 23, 2003

"Woman accused of planting human toe," United Press International, July 23, 2003

Erb, R. "Questions raised about crime-scene dog handler," Toledo Blade, July 23, 2003

McRay, V. "Search teams uncover hidden graves," Record-Eagle, July 28, 2003

"Woman Indicted For Allegedly Planting Human Remains," The Associated Press, August 20, 2003

Seper, J. "Dog Owner Is Charged With Planting Body Parts, Evidence," Washington Post, August 20, 2003

"Cadaver hunter is indicted: Woman is accused of planting evidence during victim searches," Associated Press, August 21, 2003

Erb, R. "Dog-handler faces 10-count federal indictment," Toledo Blade, August 21, 2003

Flesher, J. "Federal grand jury indicts dog handler: Woman charged with obstruction, evidence tampering," Associated Press, August 21, 2003

Seper, J. "Cadaver-dog handler charged with rigging evidence searches," THE WASHINGTON TIMES, August 21, 2003

Redfern, R. "Indicted woman reportedly planted evidence in area case," The News-Messenger, August 22, 2003

Cooper, A. "Authorities question dog handler's bone findings," Daily Nebraskan, August 25, 2003

Flesher, J. "Small-town police hunches led to wide-ranging case against famed dog handler ," Associated Press, August 30, 2003

"Feds Have Bone to Pick With Her ," Associated Press, September 3, 2003

"Indictment taints Powers Bluff findings ," Associated Press, September 3, 2003

Luscombe, R. "Canine sleuth finds his record blighted," The Observer, September 21, 2003

Kennedy, J. "Eagle dead; ceremony held in Monroe," The Monroe Evening News, January 13, 2004

David, G. "Sit! Stay! Testify!" Fortune, January 26, 2004

Fowler, B. "Michigan dog-handler pleads guilty to planting evidence," Associated Press, March 11, 2004

Shepardson, D. "Dog-handler pleads guilty: Woman admits in Detroit court to planting bones at crimes scenes across Michigan, U.S ," The Detroit News, March 12, 2004

Kresnak, J. "Bones-finder says she cheated: She and her dog tried to assist police, but some evidence was false," The Detroit Free Press, March 12, 2004

48 Hours "An Eagle-Eyed Investigation?" CBS NEWS, March 12, 2004

Runk, D. "Famed Dog Handler Sentenced to 21 Months," Associated Press, Sept. 28, 2004


Concepcion Bacasnot
Forensic Chemist
Baltimore Co. Police Lab


Gave intentionally false testimony about blood type evidence. Once acknowledged under oath that she did not understand the science behind forensic tests. She retired in 1987.


Hanes, S. "Ex-crime lab chemist’s work questioned," Baltimore Sun, February 22, 2003

"Baltimore County Police Review Cases Worked on by Criticized Chemist," InsideBaltimore.com, March 12, 2003

"Maryland Police Reviewing 480 DNA Cases," Associated Press, March 12, 2003

"Former Baltimore County Police Chemist Comes Under More Fire," InsideBaltimore.com, March 19, 2003


Dr. Kuppareddi Balamurugan
DNA Analyst
Marion Co. Forensic Services Agency, IN


Disciplined for skipping proficiency testing and resigned before officials could investigate his tampering with a DNA analysis machine.


"Allegation Against Scientist Means DNA Retests In 64 Cases - Authorities: Lab Worker Failed To Conduct Follow-Up Tests," TheIndyChannel.com, July 18, 2003

"Crime lab to retest DNA in 64 cases," United Press International, July 18, 2003

"Indianapolis authorities double-checking DNA evidence for errors," Associated Press, July 18, 2003

Jefferson, S. "Crime lab DNA tests questioned," WTHR-13, July 18, 2003

Ryckaert, V. "Crime lab tech was disciplined: Murder case DNA testing questioned," Indianapolis Star, July 19, 2003

Ryckaert, V. "Review of DNA tests may cost $160,000," Indianapolis Star, July 22, 2003

Ryckaert, V. "DNA reviews to swell crime lab's backlog: Rechecking 64 tests could lengthen the time needed to process other DNA evidence," Indianapolis Star, July 23, 2003

Ryckaert, V. "Judge asked to halt DNA retests: Crime lab less than candid about cases under review, attorney says," Indianapolis Star, July 23, 2003

Ryckaert, V. "DNA retests at local agency on hold for now: State Police must OK plan to fix problems at lab where ex-staffer's work was questioned," Indianapolis Star, August 22, 2003

Ryckaert, V. "Crime lab cover-up alleged: Revealing abuses in DNA testing can bring threat of reprisal, scientist says," Indianapolis Star, August 22, 2003

"Marion County DNA Retests Postponed," The Indy Channel, August 22, 2003


Matthew Barb
Criminalist
Missouri State Highway Patrol Lab, Greene County, MO


Criminalist responsible for testing 1/3 of the suspected illegal drugs arriving at the Missouri State Highway Patrol's lab from southwest Missouri. 

Barb admitted he was using methamphetamine taken from samples he examined at the Springfield lab.


Associated Press "Lab technician pleads guilty to drug thefts: Mo. highway patrol employee's thievery forced dismissal of nearly 400 cases," MSNBC, August 5, 2005

Associated Press "Lab technician sentenced to five years in prison," October 1, 2005


Jim Bates
Trevor "Jim" Bates

"The founding father of the UK's computer forensic industry"


A former television repair man, Bates was found guilty of four counts of making a false written statement claiming he had a degree in electronic engineering, and related perjury.


Muir, H. "CPS questions credibility of child porn witness," The Guardian, January 18, 2006

Shukor, S. "Child porn witness faces inquiry," BBC News, Nov. 9, 2006

"'Soham' case liar is convicted," The Sun, March 7, 2008

Doward, J. "How police put their faith in the 'expert' witness who was a fraud," The Observer, March 23, 2008

Robert Blincoe, Leicester Crown Court "UK's top computer forensics expert escapes jail: Jim Bates sentenced for making false written witness statements and perjury," VNUNET.com, April 10, 2008


Jan Bays, MD
Emmanuel Children's Hospital Portland, OR


Accused by the appeals court of giving false testimony about a study supporting her opinion that children do not lie about being sexually abused.


SISTRUNK v. ARMENAKIS, No. 99-36000, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Nov. 30, 2001


Jacqueline Blake
Forensic Technician
FBI Crime Lab


Accused of failing to compare DNA evidence with control samples as required by testing protocols in at least 103 cases over the past 5 years, a required step to ensure the accuracy of tests, casting doubt on her findings. 

She subsequently resigned from the FBI Lab.


The FBI Laboratory: An Investigation into Laboratory Practices and Alleged Misconduct in Explosives-Related and Other Cases, U. S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, April 1997

"New allegations target FBI lab: DNA work, lead bullet analysis face challenges," Associated Press, April 15, 2003

Solomon, J. "More Wrongdoing Found at FBI Crime Lab," Associated Press, April 15, 2003

"FBI reels from wrongdoing by workers," Associated Press, April 15, 2003

"FBI Lab Work Under Serious Scrutiny," CBSNews.com, April 16, 2003

Solomon, J. "FBI crime lab target of new allegations: Employees' wrongdoing opens door for court challenges," Associated Press, April 16, 2003

Davidson, R. "Voodoo science and another FBI scandal," Sunday Herald, April 20, 2003

"FBI Laboratory Moves to New Home," Technews.com, April 25, 2003



James Bolding
Criminalist IV
DNA Section Supervisor 
Houston Police Crime Lab


Accused of submitting false information regarding the 2000 and 2001 crime lab audits. Also accused of negligence and offering false and / or incompetent testimony. 

He was fired by the chief of police, but allowed to retire.


OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR

HPD Crime Lab archive, Houston Chronicle

Derrick Jackson v. Texas, No. 73081

Khanna, R. & McVicker, S. "Mayor knew of lab woes," Houston Chronicle, March 15, 2003 

Internal Affairs memo from James R. Bolding, Criminalist IV, Crime Lab Division to C.O. Bradford, Chief of Police, Huston, TX, dated March 17, 2003

Khanna, R. & McVicker, S. "After months of disuse, HPD lost access to DNA databases," Houston Chronicle, March 19, 2003

McVicker, S. "Lab chief's testimony in 3 cases questioned---Court transcripts show HPD work was wrong," Houston Chronicle, March 28, 2003

Khanna, R. & McVicker, S. "Crime lab chief reveals failings," Houston Chronicle, April 2, 2003

Houston Police Department "Discipline in HPD Crime Lab Investigation" HPD News Release, June 12, 2003

"9 Employees Disciplined Over DNA Lab," Click2Houston.com, June 12, 2003

Khanna, R. & McVicker, S. "3 say chief knew of problems: Bradford says some disgruntled employees trying to discredit him," Houston Chronicle, June 22, 2003

Khanna, R. "Former crime lab director says he warned of dire problems," Houston Chronicle, June 24, 2003

Khanna, R. & McVicker, S. "DA office kept in dark on lab, Rosenthal says," Houston Chronicle, July 10, 2003

"Report: File review shows Houston police DNA analysts lack education, training," The Associated Press, September 7, 2003

Houston Police Department "Crime Lab Update," HPD News Release, August 26, 2004

Khanna, R. & McVicker, S. "Crime lab faked results in 4 cases, probe finds," Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2005


Dr. John Brown
DNA Analyst
WA State Patrol Crime Lab


Admitted that he lied under oath to defense attorneys about whether his first DNA examination in a rape case excluded the defendant.

He was suspended and subsequently resigned.


Fryer, A. "Rapist convicted on DNA profile alone," Seattle Times, June 1, 2000

"State scientist's lie will force retesting in serial-killing case," The Associated Press, June 4, 2000

Fryer, A. "State DNA expert quits while probe continues," Seattle Times, September 30, 2000

Burkitt, J. "Drug use tainted evidence in state crime lab," Seattle Times, July 11, 2001

Teichrobe, R. "Oversight of crime-lab staff has often been lax," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 23, 2004


Dr. George Bolduc
Forensic Pathologist


According to the public record, Dr. Bolduc was fired from Kern and Sonoma counties in California - one under allegations he botched an autopsy and the other that he lied on his résumé. He also resigned under fire from Orange County, according to a 1995 California Supreme Court decision, when he formed conclusions in a murder trial from a police report rather than medical evidence.


Herendeen, Susan "PARENTS' CLAIMS DISPUTE SUICIDE RULING COUPLE QUESTION MEDICAL EXAMINER'S CREDIBILITY, QUALITY OF INVESTIGATION" Sacramento Bee, January 16, 2006

Smith, Scott "S.J. pathologist under fire over questionable past: Uproar could complicate murder trials" Stockton Record, January 07, 2007 6:00 AM

 


Colleen Brubaker
Forensic Scientist
Philadelphia Police Lab


According to the public record, Colleen Brubaker, 31, stole 2,700 pills that included Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet from the police laboratory where she worked and then altered the records to cover her tracks.


Boyer, B. & Fazlollah, M. "Former Philadelphia police lab chemist arrested, cases impacted," The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 11, 2006

"Police Crime Lab Worker Allegedly Steals OxyContin," NBC10-Philadelphia, October 12, 2006

Boyer, B. & Fazlollah, M. "A formula for chaos in courts," The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 12, 2006

Shaw, J. "Former Philadelphia police chemist back in court," The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 14, 2006

Shaw, J. "Ex-police chemist faces trial in thefts," The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 15, 2006

"Former city police chemist waives hearing," The Intelligencer, November 16, 2006

Shaw, J. "Judge: Police, D.A. are not in contempt," The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 2, 2006


Jeffrey Burkes, DDS
fmr. Chief Forensic Dentist
New York City Medical Examiner’s Office


Indicted for supplying a former patient with prescriptions for various controlled substances, falsifying medical records,
and perjury.


Kushner, J. "DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY, News Release," November 16, 2006

"Chief Forensic Dentist Drilled On Drug Charges, Perjury" North Country Gazette, November 17, 2006

LAURA ITALIANO "9/11 DOC SHOCK: RX'S FOR MISTRESS" NY Post, November 17, 2006

 



Tom Callaghan, PhD CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) Unit Chief
Federal Bureau of Investigation


Urged crime lab officials to block motions to perform certain CODIS searches that might reveal CODIS database error rates, by telling the courts involved that the FBI would cut crime labs off from CODIS if they proceeded - even though he admitted this would not likely happen. 

 


Willing, R. "FBI adds uses for its DNA database," USA Today, May 5, 2006

Jason Felch & Maura Dolan "The verdict is out on DNA profiles," Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2008

Jason Felch & Maura Dolan "When a match is far from a lock," Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2008; p.A1

Jason Felch & Maura Dolan "Crime labs finding questionable DNA matches: FBI tries to keep national database away from lawyers," Los Angeles Times, August 3, 2008; p.A12

Jason Felch & Maura Dolan "DNA’s identity crisis," San Francisco Magazine, September, 2008


Karla Carmichael, MS
Forensic Scientist
Fort Worth Police Crime Lab


Accused of not being qualified to perform forensic tests, deviations from procedures, inconsistent dating of reports, documents missing from case folders and failing peer reviews.

She was subsequently fired.


HPD Crime Lab archive, Houston Chronicle

McDonald, M. "DNA test sways prosecutors," Star-Telegram, October 10, 2002

Boyd, D. "A Crime lab subject of criminal inquiry ," Star-Telegram, April 13, 2003

"Fort Worth police crime lab suffers controversy," Associated Press, April 14, 2003

Boyd, D. "Experts cite problems with police crime lab," Star-Telegram, April 18, 2003

Boyd, D. "Scientist at crime lab is fired," Star-Telegram, April 22, 2003

Miller, B. "Fired scientist claims she was lab scapegoat," Houston Chronicle, April 28, 2003

Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA) - CARMICHAEL, KARLA

Khanna, R. & McVicker, S. "Crime lab faked results in 4 cases, probe finds," Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2005


Ann Chamberlin, MS
Forensic Scientist
Michigan Department of State Police Laboratory; Speckin Forensics


Chamberlin admits that, on her own time and with discarded chemicals, she tested her husband's underwear at the state police crime lab for DNA. She did so to further her divorce proceedings. In doing so, she misappropriated state facilities, breached protocol by not destroying the materials used, and falsified laboratory logs by omission of her actions - all of which compromised lab integrity.


Hoffman, K.B. "Cops probing private use of forensics lab
Scientist tested husband's underwear
," Detroit Free Press, July  5
, 2007

Bell, D. "Firing follows test on undies to detect hubby's affair," Detroit Free Press, August 22, 2007

Haines, L. "Forensics expert sacked for DNA-testing husband's underpants," Detroit Free Press, August 22, 2007


Raymond Cole
Criminalist
San Diego Sheriff's Dept. Crime Lab


Cole, in his 70s, testified as an expert for more than three decades on the effects of alcohol on driving. Resume provided that he had a degree from the University of California Berkeley in “Premedical Studies.” His degree was actually in political science.


"San Diego DUI - Prosecutor's Criminalist Witness Gets Fired," March 13, 2006

"LETTER REGARDING FORMER CRIMINALIST RAY COLE" San Diego County District Attorney, March 16, 2006

Moran, G. "Criminalist who testified on DUIs falsified résumé ," San Diego Union Tribune, March 22, 2006


Dr. Faidherbe Ceus
Director of Emergency Services, Psychiatric Unit
Westchester Medical Center
New York


Testified falsely that he was board-certified in psychiatry. According to the State Office of Medical Misconduct, he ""lacks moral fitness expected of a member of the profession".

He plead guilty to perjury, lost his medical license, received nine months in prison with two years supervised release, and was fined $2,000.


"Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty to Perjury," 1010 WINS, December 10, 2002

O'Connor, T. "Psychiatrist gets prison for perjury," The Journal News, March 11, 2003

"Doctor jailed for perjury is stripped of his license," Associated Press, June 19, 2003

Lerner, J. "Nanuet doctor loses medical license," The Journal News, June 19, 2003



Det. Tom Coleman 

Tulia, Texas (Swisher Co.)


Accused by the court of perjury in multiple drug cases and regarding past theft charges against him.

He is under indictment and no longer works in law enforcement.


"Was Texas town's drug sting racist?" CNN, October 10, 2000

Cunningham, G. "Fate of cases hung on Coleman," Globe-News, March 20, 2001

"Undercover Agent Indicted for Perjury," Police Magazine, May 2, 2003

"Texas drug defendants allowed to go free on bond," CNN, June 16, 2003

"Justice Gone Bad In Tulia, Texas," CBS News, June 17, 2003

Blaney, B. "Texas frees dozen who were jailed on word of lying agent," Associated Press, June 17, 2003

McKenna, M. "Prisoners freed as officer branded liar," CBS News, June 18, 2003

Parker, L. "Court cases raise conduct concerns," USA Today, June 25, 2003



James "Jamie" B. Crippin

Forensic Scientist, Western Forensic Law Enforcement Training Center (WFLETC) at Colorado State University - Pueblo 


According to reports, after a lengthy federal investigation, Crippin is "facing felony charges including theft of more than $15,000 and embezzlement of public property.  He also faces other misdemeanor charges, failure to disclose a conflict of interest and official misconduct."


"Former CBI agent Arrested in Pueblo," KKTV, June 18, 2008

Kearnes, B. "Former CBI Agent had stockpile of ingredients for pipe bombs," KOAA, June 18, 2008

"Search Warrant Executed - Former CBI Agent Arrested In Pueblo Colorado," National Terror Alert, June 19, 2008

"Former CBI Agent Charged With Embezzlement," KRDO, June 25, 2008


Timothy Dixon
Forensic Scientist
Illinois State Police Crime Lab 


Falsely testified to exaggerated statistics in a rape case to favor the prosecution's case against Gary Dotson. This was the first exoneration by DNA in the state of Illinois. 


The rape that wasn’t — the first DNA exoneration in Illinois: Northwestern University School of Law

Bowman, L. & Warden, R. "Independent crime labs could help stop forensic fraud," Chicago Sun-Times, November 7, 2004

www.law.northwestern.edu/depts/ clinic/wrongful/documents/DotsonOpinion.pdf

http://www.scientific.org/distribution/law-review/giannelli.pdf


Ira S. Dubey
Deputy Director,
Suffolk Co. Crime Lab 


Pleaded guilty to three counts of perjury after admitting that he lied about his credentials in 21 cases.


Maier, T. & Quittner, J. "Crime 'Expert' Admits Lying on Credentials Felony convictions endangered ," Newsday, April 15, 1987


James E. Edmiston
Forensic
Computer Expert - California


According to the public record, Edmiston's resume includes a Masters degree from Cal Tech, an MBA from UNLV, and an associate degree from UCLA - all fabricated. Prosecutors have also accused Edmiston of lying about working with the Tulare County District Attorney's office.


Ellis, J. "Expert Witness to Stay in Jail," Fresno Bee, September 28, 2006

Goodin, D. "Man faces 10 years for fudging computer credentials: Faux trial expert cops to perjury" The Register, May 9, 2007



Ralph Erdmann

Coroner - Texas


Pleaded no contest in 1992 to falsifying autopsies in Dickens, Hockley and Lubbock counties. Falsified results regarding examinations and tests that were never performed. Sentenced to several prison terms.


Underwood, G. "Freedom nears for Erdmann as judge clears way for parole," Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, April 27, 1997

Underwood, G. "Ex-medical examiner to remain in Beaumont prison," Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, March 4, 1997

A State of Denial: Texas Justice and the Death Penalty by the Texas Defender Service, Ch. 3 - "A Danger to Society: Fooling the Jury with Phony Experts"


Pamela A. Fish, PhD
Biochemistry Section Chief
IL State Police Lab


Reportedly gave false testimony in nine cases, including trials that resulted in wrongful rape convictions. In one case, she conducted blood tests on semen recovered from a rape victim and determined defendant was excluded as the source, according to her lab  notes. However, she prepared a report saying her tests were inconclusive and testified similarly at the defendant's trial.

She was transferred.


Mills, S. & Possley, M. "Report alleges crime lab fraud - Scientist is accused of providing false testimony," Chicago Tribune, January 14, 2001

Possley, M. "Crime lab defends itself, analyst," Chicago Tribune, July 20, 2001

Mills, S. "Crime lab analyst moved: Worker who is under fire sent to research post," Chicago Tribune, August 16, 2001

Kim, A. "Illinois men exonerated after 15 years behind bars," Socialist Worker Online, December 14, 2001

Bowman, L. & Warden, R. "Independent crime labs could help stop forensic fraud," Chicago Sun-Times, November 7, 2004

Faculty - UIC Forensic Science Program (removed)

Willis v. Pamela Fish, et al 


John Fitzpatrick
Forensic DNA/ Serology 
FDLE - Orlando Crime Lab


Admitted to switching DNA samples and changing data in a test designed to check the quality of work at the lab.


Stutzman, R. "Crime-lab worker puts cases in doubt," Orlando Journal Sentinel, July 19, 2002

"FDLE says no cases in danger after Orlando analyst resigned," Associated Press, July 21, 2002



Dr. Roger Fisher
Psychologist
Butler Co., OH


Reportedly gave false testimony about, and even diagnosed, patients he'd never interviewed or examined.


"Psychologist Accused Of Biased Testimony," Channel Cincinatti, May 13, 2002

"Local Psychologist To Wrap Up Practice Amid Pressure: Some Area Parents Relieved," Channel Cincinatti, December 9, 2002

"Psychologist's Victims Address Lawmakers: Commissioner Fears Lawsuit Over Testimony," Channel Cincinatti, December 9, 2002

Kemme, S. "Perjury an issue in Butler courts : County commissioners ask judges to stop false testimony ," Cincinatti Enquirer, January 7, 2003

"Local Commissioner Blasts County Judges," Channel Cincinatti, May 22, 2003


Mary Furlong 
Forensic Serologist
IL State Police Lab


“[P]olice laboratory technician Mary Furlong… discovered that [defendant] George Jones had different semen and blood types from the types found in… [[the victim’s] vagina. Furlong failed to include this information in the lab report.”


Jones v. City of Chicago, 856 F.2d 985, 991-93 (7th Cir. 1988) 



Joyce Gilchrist
Forensic Chemist
Oklahoma City Police Lab


According to reports, she provided allegedly false testimony, misidentified hair and fiber samples, and exceeded the “acceptable limits” of forensic science. Her testimony in one case led to the wrongful conviction of a death-row inmate who was eventually freed. 

She was subsequently fired.


Joyce Gilchrist: NewsOK.com

Franken, B. "FBI reviewing cases forensic expert handled," CNN, May 1, 2001

Luscombe, B. "When The Evidence Lies," Time, May 13, 2001

Editorial "Imperfect Justice," Washington Post, May 28, 2001

"Under The Microscope," CBS - 60 Minutes II, July 24, 2002

Schroeder, H. "A case against the death penalty," The Capital Times, August 29, 2003

"‘A Regular Death Factory': An Exposé of Oklahoma's Death Row Machine," ABC News, September 3, 2003


Anne Marie Gordon
fmr Lab Manager
Washington State Patrol Crime Lab


Resigned after it was determined by the court that she was engaged in perpetrating and concealing sloppy work habits and fraud with respect to DUI related testing.


TRACY JOHNSON & DANIEL LATHROP "State lab manager quits after she's accused of signing false statements," Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 31, 2007

"Defense lawyer group calls for investigation of state crime lab," KOMO News, October 16, 2007

Sullivan, J. "Forensics Council asked to perform independent investigation of state crime lab," The Olympian, October 16, 2007

Sullivan, J. "Lawyers group urges forensic probe of state's toxicology and crime labs," Seattle Times, October 17, 2007

TRACY JOHNSON "State crime lab chief resigns after problems raised on DUI evidence: Director, who leaves in March, says problems now fixed," Seattle Post Intelligencer, February 14, 2008

Sullivan, J. "State crime-lab chief to resign," Seattle Times, February 15, 2008

Washington v. Ahmach, Sanafim, et al - details fraud by WSPCL personnel determined by a panel of judges. Filed January 30, 2008.



Graham Halksworth

Fmr.
Fingerprint Examiner
Scotland Yard


Authenticated $2.5 trillion (U.S.) of bogus Treasury bonds, only to be caught by a simple spelling mistake.

 


Summers, C. "'Urban myth' exposed by trial," BBC News, September 18, 2003

Ward, K. "Canadian jailed for plotting multi-trillion dollar fraud British scientist authenticated bonds," CANADIAN PRESS, November 1, 2003


David Harding
Supervisor
Troop C Forensic Unit

New York State Troopers


Admitting to planting fingerprint evidence in numerous cases to secure convictions when applying for a job with the CIA. Also implicated his partner, Trooper Robert Lishansky. Further admitted to burning physical evidence to protect fellow officers from a potential wrongful shooting investigation. 


THE PEOPLE &C., RESPONDENT, v. LEE LONGTIN, APPELLANT, 92 N.Y.2d 640, 707 N.E.2d 418, 684 N.Y.S.2d 463 (1998), December 17, 1998

Maier, T. "Federal Judge Slams Fingerprint 'Science'," Insight On News, February 25, 2002

O'Brien, J. "Kinge seeks $1M from ex-lawyer: She says he should have sued FBI, three troopers, Tompkins County over faked evidence," The Post-Standard, February 28, 2002

"Woman says she has new evidence of troopers' wrongdoing," The Associated Press, November 22, 2002


Dr. Levy (left); Dr. Harlan (right)
Dr. Charles Harlan
(right)
Forensic Pathologist
Nashville, TN


27 allegations of misconduct, some involving potential perjury. Includes misrepresentation of professional credentials, mishandling evidence, obstruction of justice, and misrepresentation of medical findings.


TENNESSEE v. CHARLES W. HARLAN, M.D. et al

Gerome, J. "State seeks to revoke medical examiner's license," The Daily Times, May 20, 2003

Oates, R. "State medical examiner begins testimony against doctor," Associated Press, May 20, 2003

Wardle, A. "Harlan sits in hot seat," Nashville City Paper, May 20, 2003

Oates, R. "Medical examiner testifies vs. predecessor," Associated Press, May 21, 2003

Johnson, R. "Worlds of court, forensics collide," Tennessean.com, May 25, 2003

"Hearing Resumes against Former State Medical Examiner," Associated Press, June 18, 2003

Johnson, R. "Rivals Levy, Harlan at odds over baby's death," Tennessean.com, June 19, 2003

Wardell, A. "Harlan faces ME board," Nashville City Paper, June 19, 2003

"Testimony: Former State Medical Examiner Botched Autopsies," Associated Press, July 15, 2003

Johnson, R. "Results of two Harlan autopsies strongly disputed by witnesses," Tennessean.com, July 16, 2003

Wardle, A. "State witnesses raise questions," Nashville City Paper, July 16, 2003

Johnson, R. "Two pathologists under fire," Tennessean.com, September 28, 2003

Clancy, C. "Medical panel rejects coroner’s request," The Nashville City Paper, November 19, 2003

Johnson, R. "State finds 18 instances of sloppy work by Harlan," Tennessean.com, April 21, 2005

Johnson, R. "State strips Dr. Harlan of his license permanently," Tennessean.com, April 22, 2005

Dr. Harlan may try to keep forensic business, wsmv.com, May 2, 205


Health-Tec Labs
Merced, CA


Mitchell Thomas Griffin, 38, and Cathy Lee Decker, 41 were arrested for falsifying evidence and perjury in connection with drug testing in CPS cases. They were selling clean drug tests to people trying to regain custody of their children.


Conway, M. "2 lab owners arrested, said to be giving clean results in custody cases," The Modesto Bee, August 30, 2003

De La Cruz, M. "Narcotic testing results bogus," The Merced Sun-Star, August 30, 2003

 


Sgt. Dusky Hesskew
Crime Reconstruction Expert
Austin Police Dept., TX


Testified that he found high-velocity impact blood stains on a night gown that were invisible to the naked eye. Later admitted that his tests were unscientific because he assumed the invisible stains were human blood, which they weren't.


Pinkerton, J. "JUSTICE IN LIMBO: In prison for years, wife awaits new trial in husband's death" Houston Chronicle, January 26, 1997

"Texas v. Mowbray: Murder or suicide?" Court TV, May 31, 2001

Freda Susan Mowbray v. Texas Cameron County, Et Al., Nos. 00-40504 & 00-41229, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS, FIFTH CIRCUIT, December 6, 2001


Wallace Higgins
Supervisor/ Forensic Examiner
FBI Crime Lab


Accused of altering Dr. Fred Whitehurst's forensic reports without his permission. Inspector General Michael Bromwich advised that he be transferred out of the crime lab.


The FBI Laboratory: An Investigation into Laboratory Practices and Alleged Misconduct in Explosives-Related and Other Cases, U. S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, April 1997

"Report finds flaws at FBI crime lab, but no perjury," CNN.com, April 15, 1997

"Report critical of FBI agents' work in cases," Associated Press, April 16, 1997


Jesus Hinojosa
Forensic Technician
Texas DPS Crime Lab


Admitted stealing more than 50 pounds of cocaine from the Houston crime lab. A DPS investigation concluded that he had been selling cocaine smuggled out of the lab during over the course of five years. 57 pounds of cocaine is missing from the lab.


Khanna, R. & McVicker, S. "Crime lab faked results in 4 cases, probe finds," Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2005

Associated Press "DPS lab worker faces drug charges," News 8 Austin, February 17, 2007

"DPS audits warned of drug evidence security problems," KRGV5 News, February 21, 2007

McVicker, S. "DPS tech had job-performance woes: Worker who admitted stealing cocaine had been suspended over porn, records show,'' Houston Chronicle, March 8, 2007


Michael Hoover
Forensic Chemist
WA State Patrol Crime Lab


Charged with evidence tampering and official misconduct after he was videotaped stealing heroin that was sent to the lab for testing in criminal cases.


North, S. "PATROL CHEMIST FACES MISDEMEANOR COUNTS," The Daily Herald, January 26, 2001

"Lab chemist pleads not guilty in heroin case," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 9, 2001

North, S. "Chemist Pleads Innocent," The Daily Herald, February 9, 2001

North, S. "WSP Drug Lab Taint Lets Felon Withdraw Guilty Plea," The Daily Herald, March 31, 2001

Teichrobe, R. "Oversight of crime-lab staff has often been lax," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 23, 2004


Sgt. Sam A. Kaminsky 
Police Officer
Garden City PD, Georgia


Served a three-year sentence for falsifying fingerprint evidence (evidence tampering and making false statements). Used ink fingerprints taken by police and duplicated them on a card, labelling them crime-scene prints.


Schmitt, B. "Man sues Garden City police over planted prints," Savannah Now, June 18, 1998

Sam A. Kaminsky, "Behind The Walls Looking For Friends," Letter written from Wayne State Prison, describing his circumstances and looking for companionship.

Muller, J. "A timeline of the Garden City Police Department," Savannah Now, June 17, 2001



Dr. Mickal Kamuvaka
fmr Director,
MultiEthnic, contracted to DHS, Pennsylvania


According to the Grand Jury which investigated the death of 14 year old Danieal Kelly: "The MultiEthnic director organized and perpetuated the fraud that led to Danieal’s death, and gave false testimony about it to the Grand Jury. We believe she should be prosecuted for the same offenses as Murray, plus perjury." 


John Sullivan & Craig R. McCoy "DHS workers suspended in child’s death," Philadelphia Inquirer, July 31, 2008

Dunn, M. "City Health Official Resigns Amid Furor Over 2006 Death of Handicapped Girl," KYW News 1060, August 1, 2008

Gloria Campisi "Grand jury releases searing report of DHS," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

CATHERINE LUCEY, WENDY RUDERMAN & KITTY CAPARELLA "9 charged in starvation death of teen," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

WENDY RUDERMAN "D.A. says saving Danieal was 'too much trouble' for DHS workers," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

WENDY RUDERMAN & DAVID GAMBACORTA "Top health official resigns amid DHS scandal," Philadelphia Daily News, August 2, 2008

Mengers, P. "Elwyn suspends worker charged in girl's death," Delco Times, August 2, 2008

Patrick Kerkstra & John Sullivan "Nutter seeks to reassure DHS workers," Philadelphia Inquirer, August 6, 2008

"2 Philly social workers fired in starvation death," USA Today, August 7, 2008

"DHS Suspect Detained By Immigration: Commissioner's Decision Comes After Disciplinary Panel Hearings," FOX29, August 7, 2008

Roman, J. "U.D. man faces immigration charge," Delco Times, August 8, 2008

Report of the Grand Jury - MISC. NO. 0003211-2007


Jodi Kessler
Criminalist, Kern County District Attorney's Crime Lab
California


Kessler was given a written reprimand for handling blood evidence in case involving the death of a family friend, a police officer, in defiance of specific orders to refrain from involvement by superiors. Assistant District Attorney Dan Sparks removed the written reprimand from her file. 

Under oath, Kessler initially denied the existence of any reprimand. However, she had kept a copy of it. The court eventually ordered her to turn it over to the defense.

A month later, it was learned that the crime lab had unknowingly destroyed the blood sample before private testing could be performed.


Courtroom battles rage behind the scenes - Bakersfield Californian Blog; comments by Fred Gagliardini and Brent Turvey.

"Attorney questions criminologist's credibility, another attorney collapses," Bakersfield Californian, May 27, 2008

Maher, S. "DA's control of crime lab raises questions," Bakersfield Californian, July 25, 2008

Swenson, S. "Attorney questioning crime lab's credibility gets confidential document," Bakersfield Californian, July 28, 2008

Maher, S. "Blood evidence in death of deputy destroyed," Bakersfield Californian, August 21, 2008

"D.A. Crime Lab Loses Key Evidence in Deputy's Death," KGET-17, August 22, 2008

"Kern crime lab destroys blood evidence," Associated Press, August 22, 2008

Maher, S. "New problems in Kern deputy death trial," Bakersfield Californian, August 25, 2008

"New problems in Kern deputy death trial," Associated Press, August 26, 2008


Richard N. Kocsis 
Fmr Lecturer, Investigations
Charles Sturt University, NSW


Gave false information about his degree holdings and work affiliations.

Commenced work for Charles Sturt University, New South Wales in January, 1999 as a lecturer.

Claimed he held a PhD in Psychology for several years, as referenced in numerous peer-reviewed publications, prior to actually receiving it in May 2001.

Claimed to be Unit Chief of the Criminal Profiling Research Unit, Amalgamated Police Agencies, Australia. No such Unit or organization exists. Claimed other associations and affiliations with NSW Police. None were sanctioned or authorized.

Fired (aka annulled) by Charles Sturt University, November 17, 2000.


Richard Kocsis Memo, 2007 - Timeline & Detail

AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION, Workplace Relations Act 1996, s.170CE Application for relief re termination of employment, Kocsis and Charles Sturt University (U No. 21249 of 2000), COMMISSIONER RAFFAELLI, SYDNEY, 30 MAY 2001

AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION, JUSTICE MUNRO, SENIOR DEPUTY PRESIDENT CARTWRIGHT, COMMISSIONER HARRISON, C2001/364, APPEAL UNDER SECTION 45 OF THE ACT BY RICHARD, KOCSIS AGAINST A DECISION OF COMMISSIONER RAFFAELLI AT SYDNEY ON 30 MAY 2000 IN U NO 21244 RE TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT, SYDNEY, 10.15 AM, TUESDAY, 24 JULY 2001 - TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS

AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION, Workplace Relations Act 1996, s.45 appeal against decision PR903491, issued by Commissioner Raffaelli on 30 May 2001; Richard Nandor Kocsis (C2001/364), s.170CE application for relief re termination of employment, Kocsis and Charles Sturt University (U No. 21249 of 2000) JUSTICE MUNRO, SENIOR DEPUTY PRESIDENT CARTWRIGHT, COMMISSIONER HARRISON, SYDNEY, 26 NOVEMBER 2001

 


Joseph Kopera 
Firearms Examiner
Baltimore Police Department Crime Laboratory


Kopera killed himself after being confronted with evidence that he had lied about his credentials. He not only claimed in court to have degrees he did not earn but also forged at least one document that he offered to the Innocence Project attorneys to justify his qualifications.


Jennifer McMenamin "Police expert lied about credentials: Ballistics specialist killed himself after being confronted with deceit," Baltimore Sun, March 9, 2007

Witte, B. "Ballistics investigator's deception prompts questions about cases in Maryland " San Diego Tribune, March 9, 2007

"Former Maryland Crime Investigator Kills Self Amid Probe" ABC-7 News, March 9, 2007

Collins, S. "Ballistics Employee's Lie Jeopardizes Convictions," News 8 WJZ, March 12, 2007

Jennifer McMenamin & Laura Barnhardt "'None of it makes sense': Firearms expert's lies about credentials continue to puzzle those who knew him," Baltimore Sun, March 13, 2007

Julie Bykowicz "Dubious science: Carelessness in crime lab procedures raises serious questions about evidence," Baltimore Sun, September 7, 2008


Allison Lancaster
Forensic Chemist
SF Police Crime Lab


Fired after she was videotaped faking lab results in drug cases. 


Zamora, J. "Lab scandal jeopardizes integrity of S.F. justice- Sting uncovered bogus certification," San Francisco Examiner, September 16, 1994

Thompson, C. "Crime bomb: Police crime labs are churning out tainted evidence – and nobody's doing anything about it." SFBG.com, November 22, 2000



Dr. Henry C. Lee

fmr Director, State Police Crime Lab fmr; Commissioner, Department of Public Safety & State Police, Connecticut


In the Phil Spector murder trial, involving the death of Lana Clarkson, Los Angeles County Judge Larry P. Fidler ruled that Dr. Henry Lee had collected and kept a piece of scene evidence from the scene which he then withheld from prosecutors. Judge Fidler ruled that prosecutors could raise the matter before jurors to question Dr. Lee's credibility.

Dr. Lee was also accused of violating the judge's order not to speak with the media about the case when he went on foreign television.

Dr. Lee did not ultimately testify as a witness in the case, and the jury failed to reach a verdict which resulted in a mistrial.

Dr. Lee called the ruling and related testimony by witnesses a slanderous attack, claiming that he was set up. By way of explanation, Dr. Lee also stated that "If they [police] give the scene away, now it is no longer their scene --- Even if we find something, it doesn't constitute evidence."


Harriet Ryan "Spector insiders call into question the conduct of famed criminalist Henry Lee at death scene" Court TV, May 4, 2007

"Spector Judge: Defense Forensic Expert Henry Lee Took Item From Scene" AP, May 23, 2007

Harriet Ryan "Judge in Spector trial rules defense expert Dr. Henry Lee hid or destroyed evidence" Court TV, May 23, 2007

Charles Montaldo "Judge: Dr. Henry Lee Hid Evidence" Charles' Crime / Punishment Blog, May 25, 2007

Linda Deutsch "Henry Lee's credibility challenged in Phil Spector murder trial" AP, May 26, 2007

Natalie Finn "Spector Defense Expert Decries "Slanderous Attack"" Eonline.com, May 31, 2007

Yong, P. "Spector prosecutors say witnesses violated court order: Forensic scientist Henry C. Lee is accused of talking about the murder case to the news media" LA Times, June 8, 2007

Linda Deutsch "Judge holds former Spector defense attorney in contempt" AP, June 18, 2007

Lynne Tuohy "Lee Says He Was 'Set-Up'" The Hartford Courant, June 26, 2007

Yong, P. "Forensics key in Spector trial - The verdict could hinge on the motives, loyalty and competence of a slate of expert witnesses with divergent opinions" LA Times, August 2, 2007

Muskal, M. "Fierce prosecutor kicks off closing arguments in Spector trial" LA Times, September 12, 2007

Harriet Ryan "Spector murder case ends in mistrial after jury fails to reach a verdict " Court TV, October 2, 2007



Kathleen Lundy
Ballistics Expert
FBI Crime Lab


Testified that forensic metallurgical tests suggested the bullet removed from a victim's head came from the same batch as bullets found in defendant's home. Admitted later that this was false testimony.

Pleaded guilty to false swearing in Fayette County District Court and was given the maximum sentence - a 90-day suspended sentence (meaning she will serve no jail time) - and a $250 fine.


The FBI Laboratory: An Investigation into Laboratory Practices and Alleged Misconduct in Explosives-Related and Other Cases, U. S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, April 1997

Mead. A. & Tagami, T. "FBI agent erred in Ragland testimony: DEFENSE ATTORNEY WANTS NEW TRIAL," Lexington Herald-Leader, June 29, 2002

Taylor, L. "RAGLAND CASE LIE SPARKS CALL FOR FBI REVIEW; EXPERT ADMITTED TO PERJURY ABOUT BULLET-LEAD TESTS," Lexington Herald-Leader, July 20, 2002

Taylor, L. "FBI scientist who lied refuses to testify," Lexington Herald-Leader, July 25, 2002

Gerth, J. "Judge asked to disqualify Ragland's prosecutor," The Courier-Journal, September 6, 2002

Mejia, R. & Piller, C. "Science Casts Doubt on FBI's Bullet Evidence," LA Times, February 3, 2003

"FBI reels from wrongdoing by workers," Associated Press, April 15, 2003

"New allegations target FBI lab: DNA work, lead bullet analysis face challenges," Associated Press, April 15, 2003

Solomon, J. "New allegations target two FBI crime-lab scientists," Associated Press, April 16, 2003

"FBI Lab Work Under Serious Scrutiny," CBSNews.com, April 16, 2003

Evans, M. "FBI agent sentenced in false swearing case ," Associated Press, June 18, 2003

Pitsch, M. "Ex-FBI scientist pleads guilty: She admits false testimony in Ragland case, is fined $250," Courier-Journal, June 18, 2003


Robert D. Madrid
Investigator/ Forensic Expert


Claimed on his resume that he was a medical doctor who had studied at Harvard and MIT, with numerous publications to his credit.

According to published reports, none of this is true.


Norwood , C. "Man who gives 'expert' medical testimony charged with perjury," Daily Home, February 24, 2005

Burger, F. "For the Expert Witness, a Few Tough Questions ," The Washington Post, Sunday, April 10, 2005; Page D01


Elizabeth Mansour
Drug Chemist, NYPD Crime Lab


Failed multiple proficiency tests with false positives. Accused of dry-labbing by co-workers. Suffered a heart attack on the day she was to speak with Internal Affairs. Retired shortly thereafter.

Supervisors failed to notify state officials and prosecutors about the failure, which is required by law.


Weiss, M. "NYPD'S 'CSI' BOSS BOOTED FOR LAB LIES," New York Post, April 19, 2007

Weiss, M. "CRIMINAL ERRORS: COP-LAB CHARGES LOOM," New York Post, December 4, 2007

JOE MAHONEY and ALISON GENDAR "Charge NYPD lab techs for falsifying drug test results: state," New York Daily News, December 4, 2007

JOE MAHONEY and ALISON GENDAR "NYPD lab techs accused of falsifying drug evidence may dodge rap," New York Daily News, December 5, 2007

NYPD Report


Michael Malone
Supervisor/ Forensic Examiner
FBI Crime Lab


In 1997, Inspector General Michael Bromwich concluded that Malone had "testified falsely" on 27 different points in the impeachment of [U.S. District Judge Alcee] Hastings.

Malone testified that he had done a lab test that was in fact performed by another examiner. The agent who actually did the tests blew the whistle on Malone, and that started the probe.  

In another case, Malone testified that carpet fibers found on a woman's clothing linked her to defendant's apartment despite his report which stated that his lab findings were inconclusive. 

Malone was transferred to the field and retired in 1999.


The FBI Laboratory: An Investigation into Laboratory Practices and Alleged Misconduct in Explosives-Related and Other Cases, U. S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, April 1997

Cohen, L. "Strand of Evidence: FBI Crime-Lab Work Emerges As New Issue in Famed Murder Case,: Wall Street Journal, April 16, 1997, at A1

Sniffen, M. "Wider FBI lab probe asked; whistleblowers protected," Associated Press, April 18, 1997

Trial Testimony of MICHAEL MALONE (Special Agent FBI - Forensic), Vol. VII  (#16), pp. 250 - 359, Tuesday, May 21, 1991 

Freedberg, S. "Reviews of cases went nowhere," St. Petersburg Times, March 5, 2001

"Man free after FBI concedes lab sloppy," Associated Press, May 27, 2003

Ritchie, M. "EX-MASCOTTE OFFICER DESERVES ANOTHER TRIAL ," Orlando Sentinel , April 30, 2003

Solomon, J. "Conviction tossed on FBI lab misconduct," Associated Press, May 27, 2003 

"Conviction overturned over FBI lab misconduct," CNN, May 28, 2003 

"FBI knew for years that lab results were tainted," Associated Press, May 28, 2003 

Solomon, J. "FBI misconduct prompts reversal," Associated Press, May 28, 2003 

NACDL - Michael Malone


Fulton A. McCants
aka F. Aurelius McKanze

Forensic handwriting expert


Pleaded guilty to giving false information about his educational background, then falsified notes from his doctors to the court.


Ewinger, J. "BOGUS EXPERT WITNESS PLEADS GUILTY TO PERJURY HE TESTIFIED CMHA LETTERS WERE GENUINE," Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 27, 1999

Ewinger, J. "PERJURER ACCUSED OF LYING AGAIN NOTES FROM DOCTORS FAKE, PROSECUTORS SAY," Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 30, 1999


Todd Owen McDaniel
Forensic Chemist
WV State Police Lab


Pleaded guilty to mail fraud; sent a falsified lab report on suspected marijuana back to the Hamlin State Police detachment in 1998.


Messina, L. "CHEMIST TO PLEAD GUILTY TO FAKING DRUG EVIDENCE," Charleston Gazette, September 29, 2000

Messina, L. "Jury suggested moving crime lab," Sunday Gazette-Mail, July 8, 2001



Doug McKown

York County Coroner, NC


According to reports: "McKown was cited in July in North Carolina for drinking while driving and having an open bottle of beer in his vehicle. The next day, McKown was arrested in York County and charged with violating his probation. His probation agent said the former coroner lied to probation officials about his N.C. case, didn't immediately notify an agent about his arrest and left the state without permission, among other offenses."

He was acquitted of felony cocaine charges, but convicted of a misdemeanor charge of illegally possessing a prescription drug.


"Suspended coroner faces ethics charges," WSO-TV, July, 2007

"Former York County Coroner Takes Stand Before Trial," WSO-TV, May 20, 2008

"Former York County Coroner’s Trial Gets Under Way," WSO-TV, May 21, 2008

"York Coroner returning after being cleared on drug charges," Associated Press, June 3, 2008

"York coroner won't seek to retain post," Charleston Post, June 6, 2008

Charles D. Perry "York Co. coroner's pay quest stalled?," Rocky Hill Herald, July 27, 2008

Charles D. Perry "Ex-York coroner put on house arrest: The state probation board had wanted jail time in the drinking while driving incident," Rocky Hill Herald, August 20, 2008


Judith McMorris
Forensic Chemist
NY State Southern Tier Regional Police Lab


Failed to follow proper testing protocols; certified that she had performed tests she had not.


O’Brien, J. "State Police Suspend Chemist Judith McMorris Flunked Two Proficiency Tests: Official Say, Raising Questions About Her Past Analyses of Drugs," Post-Standard, October 11, 1998, at B-1


Officer Iran Meadows
Head Dog Trainer
Chattanooga Police Department


Used his own legitimate certificate from the U.S. Police Canine Association to make copies for the other officers' dogs. Fired for submitting false documents, untruthfulness during an internal affairs investigation, neglect of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer.


staff "Chattanooga officer fired for falsifying drug dog certificates," The Tennessean, August 17, 2003

staff "False K-9 papers land cops in trouble," Associated Press, August 17, 2003

staff "Police dog certifications found to be falsified," KnowNews.com, August 17, 2003


Dr. Brian W. Meehan
Laboratory Director
DNA Security, Inc.
http://www.dnasi. com


Testified that he and District Attorney Mike Nifong colluded by agreeing not to report DNA results favorable to Duke lacrosse players charged with rape. This exculpatory evidence was intentionally withheld from the defense.


Joseph Neff, Benjamin Niolet & Anne Blythe "DNA lab chief admits pact with D.A.:  2 agreed to withhold evidence in reports on Duke rape case," The Sun News, December 17, 2006

DAVID BARSTOW & DUFF WILSON "DNA Witness Jolted Dynamic of Duke Case," New York Times, December 24, 2006

Joseph Neff & Benjamin Niolet "Pressure on Nifong in Duke case: Misstatements may cost him his career," The Charlotte News-Observer, December 24, 2006

"Expert Admits 'Big Error' In Duke Case," CBS News, January 11, 2007

Costello, C. "Defense Files Motion In Duke LAX Case," NBC17, February 27, 2007

Joseph Neff & Anne Blythe, "Defense waits for DNA test results," The Charlotte News-Observer, February 27, 2007



Arnold Melnikoff

Former Director 
MT State Crime Lab;
Criminalist
WA State Patrol Crime Lab


Accused of overstating and/ or misrepresenting findings related to forensic hair analysis; testified that there was less than 1 in 10,000 chance that hairs found in the victim's bedroom came from someone other than defendant. Two defendants have been exonerated. Five other instances may involve similar questionable testimony.

It was recently recommended that he be fired from his position after an investigation revealed problems with his work there. He has appealed the decision.


Bisbing, R., Deadman, H., Houck, M. Palenek, S. & Rowe, W. "PEER REVIEW REPORT: MONTANA v. JIMMY RAY BROMGARD"

Olsen, L. "Reopened rape case dogs crime lab worker," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 11, 2002

Overington, C. "Guilty until proved innocent," The Age, November 4, 2002

Blocker, K. "Scientist's testimony in question; Forensic expert's work reviewed after DNA sets Montanan free," The Spokesman Review, December 17, 2002

Bohrer, B. "Former crime-lab chief's cases under review DNA evidence freed a man after 15 years. Now 2 states are auditing a forensic expert's cases." The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 22, 2002

Editorial "Zain redux? Independent labs needed," Charleston Gazette, December 27, 2002

Olsen, L. "Crime lab worker failed to qualify to test hair samples," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 2, 2003

Olsen, L. "State forensic scientist says criticism is unfair," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 4, 2003

Bohrer, B. "More Cases Questioned in Crime Lab Case," Associated Press, May 29, 2003

"Crime lab manager draws scrutiny," CNN, May 30, 2003

Bohrer, B. "Crime lab facing tough times, scrutiny," Associated Press, June 9, 2003

"Former Montana crime lab chief to testify in ricin trial," Associated Press, July 1, 2003

Wiley, J. "Prosecutor says man had enough ricin to kill 7,500," Associated Press, July 2, 2003

Keefe-Feldman, M. "Chromosome crime fighters," The Independent Online, Vol. 14  No. 33, August 14, 2003

Geranios, N. "State Patrol report urges firing of forensic scientist," Associated Press, September 10, 2003

"No explosion of appeals expected," Associated Press, September 10, 2003

Webb, J. "Bromgard marks year of freedom after being cleared of crime," Billings Gazette, October 2, 2003

Cleveland, W. "Possley: DNA the only way to reform justice system," Montana Kaimin, October 7, 2003

Teichrobe, R. "Oversight of crime-lab staff has often been lax," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 23, 2004


Philip R. Mills
DNA Expert/ Forensic Chemist, US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL)  at Ft. Gillem, GA


Mills admitted to "fudging" the numbers in one DNA case, calling all of his reports and testimony into question. According to the Army, "[h]e was suspended in 2004 over faulty work and was retrained and reinstated -- but he was suspended again in May 2005". According to an internal investigation, he switched samples, made phony data entries, and created phony lab reports.


"Army criminal DNA results in question: Civilian worker said to admit falsifying results in one case; probe under way" MSNBC, August 26, 2005

"Army Civilian Accused of Falsifying DNA Tests" AP, August 26, 2005

Tim McGlone "Nearly 500 Military DNA Cases Under Investigation", The Virginian-Pilot, May 17, 2006

"Army expert suspended for fudging DNA" UPI, August 26, 2005

UNITED STATES v. Ivor G. LUKE, Hospital Corpsman Second Class, U.S. Navy, No. 05-0157, Crim. App. No. 200000481, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Argued September 22, 2005, and February 7, 2006; Decided April 7, 2006


Gene Morrison
Forensic Expert


According to the public record, Gene Morrison, 48, of Hyde, Cheshire, lied his way through hundreds of trials, conning judges, barristers, solicitors and police into believing he was qualified. He bought phony degrees off the internet from a bogus United States university and claimed to be a highly-qualified forensic expert.

He was found guilty of 22 offences of deception, perjury and perverting the course of justice.


700 court cases thrown into doubt by fraudster, Yorkshire Post, February 22, 2007

Press Association "Jail for conman 'forensic expert'" The Guardian, February 22, 2007

McVeigh, K. "The £250,000 'psychologist' who fooled the courts for 27 years," The Guardian, February 22, 2007

Gene Morrison: Police interview transcript, February 22, 2007

Derbyshore, A. "Fake forensic expert jailed for five years," Tameside Advertiser, February 28, 2007


Diana Boyd Monaghan
Forensic Examiner 
TX Dept. of Public Safety


Indicted on charges of falsifying fingerprint reports on evidence she never tested.


TEXAS STATE TROOPERS ASSOCIATION: Special Report: Big Problems at DPS Lab, December 30, 2000

Osborne, J. "Perry to decide if DPS lab must face legislative inquiry," Austin-American Statesman, January 4, 2001, p. B7

Osborne, J. "Investigation targets former DPS officer," Austin-American Statesman, April 19, 2001, p. A1



Julius Murray
fmr Investigator,
MultiEthnic, contracted to DHS, Pennsylvania


According to the Grand Jury which investigated the death of 14 year old Danieal Kelly: "MultiEthnic’s man on the scene was essentially a ghost employee concerned only with falsifying paperwork while Danieal went through her final agonies. His conduct amounted to involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person, forgery, tampering with records, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, tampering with public records, and criminal conspiracy." 


John Sullivan & Craig R. McCoy "DHS workers suspended in child’s death," Philadelphia Inquirer, July 31, 2008

Dunn, M. "City Health Official Resigns Amid Furor Over 2006 Death of Handicapped Girl," KYW News 1060, August 1, 2008

Gloria Campisi "Grand jury releases searing report of DHS," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

CATHERINE LUCEY, WENDY RUDERMAN & KITTY CAPARELLA "9 charged in starvation death of teen," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

WENDY RUDERMAN "D.A. says saving Danieal was 'too much trouble' for DHS workers," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

WENDY RUDERMAN & DAVID GAMBACORTA "Top health official resigns amid DHS scandal," Philadelphia Daily News, August 2, 2008

Mengers, P. "Elwyn suspends worker charged in girl's death," Delco Times, August 2, 2008

Patrick Kerkstra & John Sullivan "Nutter seeks to reassure DHS workers," Philadelphia Inquirer, August 6, 2008

"2 Philly social workers fired in starvation death," USA Today, August 7, 2008

"DHS Suspect Detained By Immigration: Commissioner's Decision Comes After Disciplinary Panel Hearings," FOX29, August 7, 2008

Roman, J. "U.D. man faces immigration charge," Delco Times, August 8, 2008

Report of the Grand Jury - MISC. NO. 0003211-2007



Vanessa G. Nelson

fmr. DNA Section Chief  
Houston Police Department Crime Lab


According to the Houston Police Department "HPD shuttered the DNA division of its crime lab in January [2008] - the second such closure since December 2002 - after manager Vanessa Nelson resigned. HPD officials were poised to fire Nelson after internal investigators concluded she gave analysts answers they needed to pass a DNA skills test in 2007." 

She was subsequently hired by another crime lab in the same state.


HPD Crime Lab archive, Houston Chronicle

"DNA Section Supervisor on Board at HPD," Houston Police Department, Press Release, September 28, 2005

Guzman, M. "Lab gets new chief for DNA section:Analyst hopes to reopen HPD's troubled facility in a few months," Houston Chronicle, September 28, 2005

Glenn, M. "POLICE DNA LAB: Under the microscope," Houston Chronicle, July 11, 2006

Desel, J. "Cheating scandal shuts down crime lab's DNA section," KHOU.com, January 25, 2008

Guzman, D. "Part Of HPD Crime Lab Temporarily Shuts Down," click2houston.com, January 26, 2008

"DPS hires Houston crime lab manager who resigned under pressure," KHOU.com, January 30, 2008

Khanna, R. "Problems persisted at reformed crime lab: DNA division called 'out of control' before it closed for a second time," Houston Chronicle, February 21, 2008

"Houston crime lab to resume DNA testing," AP, June 24, 2008

Roma Khanna "HPD crime lab soon to resume DNA testing / New hire means department is now in compliance with state law," Houston Chronicle, June 24, 2008


Michael J. Nilan, PhD
Forensic Psychologist 
Minnesota


Anoka County prosecutors filed charges of perjury and practicing psychology without a license against Nilan for misrepresented his credentials. The charges allege that he testified he is licensed by the state as a forensic psychologist and has a Ph.D. in clinical and forensic psychology.

In actuality, Nilan received a master's degree from the University of St. Thomas in counseling psychology and he received his doctorate after taking one class from a correspondence school based in Gulfport, Miss.


Grace, B. "Sex Offenders May Be Free Based on Testimony of Non-Licensed Psychologist," KARE 11 News, March 1, 2005

"Purported expert on sex offenders charges with perjury," Associated Press, March 2, 2005

Hoppin, J. "Psychologist faces more charges," Pioneer Press, March 11, 2005


Thomas Nix
Finance Expert 
Florence, AL


Testified that he had degrees in finance and that he worked for Lloyd's of London, among others. In reality, he had dropped out of the University of Alabama after three years of engineering studies.


"Securities Cases Included False Testimony By 'Expert'," Associated Press, January 22, 1988

Golden, G. "WHERE EXPERTS RULE: Complex court cases make such testimony almost a must," The Dallas Morning News, April 6, 1988


Howard Bruce Ollick
Forensic Toxicologist


Found guilty of forging his credentials and falsifying his education.

Sent to prison for 3 years.


Fitzgerald, F. "WITNESS FACES CHARGES OF LYING: OFFICIALS UNCOVER FALSE CREDENTIALS ," Sun-Sentinel, March 5, 1998

Fitzgerald, F. "PHONY 'EXPERT' JAILED FOR 3 YEARS ," Sun-Sentinel, December 1, 1998



Carmen Paris
fmr Acting Health Commissioner, Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania


Demoted during another corruption scandal back in 2007, Paris resigned in August 2008 subsequent to a grand jury investigation into the death of 14 year old Danieal Kelly. She was, according to DHS, about to be fired.

According to the Grand Jury, Paris acted to conceal the fraud and misconduct of DHS personnel with obstructive orders, and was untruthful with the Grand Jury in her testimony. She also interfered with the investigation into the corruption within DHS. All detailed in the Report of the Grand Jury.


Barb Warner "Health boss demoted in double-dip scandal," Philadelphia Daily News, September 21, 2007

John Sullivan & Craig R. McCoy "DHS workers suspended in child’s death," Philadelphia Inquirer, July 31, 2008

Dunn, M. "City Health Official Resigns Amid Furor Over 2006 Death of Handicapped Girl," KYW News 1060, August 1, 2008

Gloria Campisi "Grand jury releases searing report of DHS," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

CATHERINE LUCEY, WENDY RUDERMAN & KITTY CAPARELLA "9 charged in starvation death of teen," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

WENDY RUDERMAN "D.A. says saving Danieal was 'too much trouble' for DHS workers," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

WENDY RUDERMAN & DAVID GAMBACORTA "Top health official resigns amid DHS scandal," Philadelphia Daily News, August 2, 2008

Mengers, P. "Elwyn suspends worker charged in girl's death," Delco Times, August 2, 2008

Patrick Kerkstra & John Sullivan "Nutter seeks to reassure DHS workers," Philadelphia Inquirer, August 6, 2008

"2 Philly social workers fired in starvation death," USA Today, August 7, 2008

Roman, J. "U.D. man faces immigration charge," Delco Times, August 8, 2008

Report of the Grand Jury - MISC. NO. 0003211-2007


Vipul Patel
Criminalist I
Controlled Substances Division
Houston Police Crime Lab


Suspended for "drylabbing," or concocting results, in two cases without conducting tests on evidence. Still works at the HPD Lab. According to reports:

"...the analyst failed to perform tests on tablets prior to identifying them as containing a controlled substance. Rather than run fresh tests with respect to the tablets, the analyst used falsified analytical data to support his misidentification of the tablets."


OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR

HPD Crime Lab archive, Houston Chronicle

McVicker, S. "HPD admits it failed to review suspect lab work: Report alleges hundreds of cases were ignored for 'reasons unknown,'' Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2005

Khanna, R. & McVicker, S. "Crime lab faked results in 4 cases, probe finds," Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2005


Rameschandra Patel
Drug chemist, NYPD Crime Lab


Failed multiple proficiency tests with false positives. Accused of dry-labbing by co-workers. 

Supervisors failed to notify state officials and prosecutors about the failure, which is required by law.


Weiss, M. "NYPD'S 'CSI' BOSS BOOTED FOR LAB LIES," New York Post, April 19, 2007

Weiss, M. "CRIMINAL ERRORS: COP-LAB CHARGES LOOM," New York Post, December 4, 2007

JOE MAHONEY and ALISON GENDAR "Charge NYPD lab techs for falsifying drug test results: state," New York Daily News, December 4, 2007

JOE MAHONEY and ALISON GENDAR "NYPD lab techs accused of falsifying drug evidence may dodge rap," New York Daily News, December 5, 2007

NYPD Report


Jack R. Patterson
Fingerprint Examiner 
WI State Police Crime Lab


Skipped dye/ laser and immersion tests and then claimed in his reports that he had conducted the tests.


Doege, D. "Former analyst at crime lab is charged," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 10, 2001

Maier, "Federal Judge Slams Fingerprint "Science”," Insight on the News, March 18, 2002

Doege, D. "Fingerprint technician gets probation for falsifying records: Ex-police employee pretended he did thorough exams," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 27, 2002


Pennsylvania Police Department Laboratory

Louis Mickens-Thomas case


Mr. Thomas was arrested on October 15, 1964, and charged with murder. His first trial resulted in a conviction on first-degree murder charges. That conviction was vacated in 1967 because the Commonwealth's lead witness, a technician who "matched" fibers and debris from Mr. Thomas's shoe repair shop to those found on the victim's body, had falsified her credentials and perjured herself in another case; she was a grade-school dropout who falsified her academic and professional credentials.

He was convicted again after the crime lab's director, Dr. Edward J. Burke,  testified that he, not the discredited technician, analyzed the particles. Which begs the question as to why the technician testified that she had done so.


NACDL: Louis Mickens Thomas -- Pennsylvania, 1964

Mickens-Thomas v. Vaughn, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 3271 (3rd Cir 2/12/2003)

Dale, M. "Appeals court blasts Pa. parole board, murderer to be released," Associated Press, January 14, 2004

Slobodzian, J. "Inmate's oft-denied release ordered: An appellate panel accused Pa. of "willful noncompliance" in the case of a convicted killer who was to be paroled in '96," Philadelphia Inquirer, January 15, 2004

"Victim's Family Upset About Release Of Murderer," Rapist," NBC10.com, January 24, 2004

Caruso, D. "Whether innocent, or unrepentant, murder convict to walk free," Associated Press, January 26, 2004

"Pa. Man Who Spent 40 Years in Jail Freed," Associated Press, January 28, 2004



Det. Robert Perez

Head Sex Crimes Investigator
Wenatchee PD, WA


In 1994 and 1995, Det. Robert Perez and Child Protective Services caseworkers initiated a series of investigations in Wenatchee, WA that resulted in 43 people being charged with 27,726 counts of child rape and molestation against 60 children. Among others, Det. Perez used his own foster children to build the case. 

He was subsequently accused of using threats and coercion to get inculpatory statements from suspects, false statements from victims, and the cooperation of CPS investigators. 

He was also accused of giving false testimony and statements about the existence of his original interview notes and the performance of non-existent medical examinations on victims.

In a landmark decision, a Spokane County jury found the city of Wenatchee and Douglas County negligent in the now-discredited 1994-1995 Wenatchee child sex ring investigations.


Full Coverage
Special Report: "A Power To Harm: A record of abuses in Wenatchee," Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Selected Articles
Barber, M. & Schneider, A. "Children sacrificed for the case: Allegations set up a puzzle of doubtful ethics, dubious facts," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 23, 1998

Barber, M. & Schneider, A. "Detective a man who charmed, harmed," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 23, 1998

Barber, M. & Schneider, A. "Children hurt by the system: Society's protectors bent, broke and ignored rules," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 24, 1998

Barber, M. & Schneider, A. "Social worker cries foul, pays dearly: Unwillingness to compromise costs her a job," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 26, 1998

Barber, M. & Schneider, A. "'They robbed me of my childhood'," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 26, 1998

Barber, M. & Schneider, A. "Lives ruined because lessons ignored," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 27, 1998

Barber, M. "Wenatchee case files were stolen: Counselor tells hearing that key information was lost," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 17, 1999

Barber, M. "Wenatchee detective was mentally ill, woman's lawyers say," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 10, 2000

"Former witness settles lawsuit in Wenatchee sex abuse case," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 27, 2001

Barber, M. & Lange, L. "Jury finds city, county negligent in child sex ring case," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 1, 2001



David B. Peterson
Forensic Toxicologist
Assistant Lab Director,
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (M-BCA)

President - American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD)

Regional representative of The IAI.

Diplomate - ABC


Charged with possession of 25 grams or more of cocaine. Peterson has admitted to stealing cocaine from the the M-BCA's walk-in evidence vault by coring out a brick of cocaine used by undercover officers for drug operations. He has also admitted to making plans for replacing the cocaine to conceal his thefts.

A confessed alcoholic, immediately after his arrest, Peterson was removed from his position as the President of ASCLD.


"BCA Supervisor Arrested On Drug Charge," WCCO, March 4, 2005

Gottfried, M. "Official accused of BCA lab theft: Assistant director took cocaine from his crime lab, police say" Pioneer Press, March 5, 2005  

Gottfried, M. "Trust is key to crime lab security," Pioneer Press, March 6, 2005  

"BCA Official Charged In Cocaine Case," WCCO, March 7, 2005

"BCA supervisor faces cocaine charge," Associated Press Press, March 7, 2005  

Prather, S. "Minnesota crime lab supervisor charged with cocaine possession," Pioneer Press, March 7, 2005  

Prather, S. "BCA worker had hoped to swap cocaine: Lab employee is charged with possession," Pioneer Press, March 8, 2005


Donald K. Phillips
Forensic Scientist 
WA State Patrol Crime Lab
(formerly of Seattle Police Department crime lab)


Mr. Phillips testified on more than one occasion to having a chemistry major. In reality, he had majored in agricultural science at Ohio State University. 

Fired for misconduct and then reinstated on appeal. 

Sprayed a claw hammer with too much of a chemical used to detect blood, preventing further testing. Then denied testing the hammer at all in his lab report. Resigned while under internal investigation.


Teichrobe, R. "Oversight of crime-lab staff has often been lax," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 23, 2004

Memo 1
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/specials/crimelab/PhillipsA.pdf

Memo 2
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/specials/crimelab/Phillips.pdf

 



Dana Poindexter
fmr Intake Worker, Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania


According to the Grand Jury which investigated the death of 14 year old Danieal Kelly: "The DHS intake worker knowingly and repeatedly failed to carry out his duty to investigate, and lied to us about his conduct. We recommend charging him with endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person, and perjury." 

Fired by DHS.


John Sullivan & Craig R. McCoy "DHS workers suspended in child’s death," Philadelphia Inquirer, July 31, 2008

Dunn, M. "City Health Official Resigns Amid Furor Over 2006 Death of Handicapped Girl," KYW News 1060, August 1, 2008

Gloria Campisi "Grand jury releases searing report of DHS," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

CATHERINE LUCEY, WENDY RUDERMAN & KITTY CAPARELLA "9 charged in starvation death of teen," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

WENDY RUDERMAN "D.A. says saving Danieal was 'too much trouble' for DHS workers," Philadelphia Daily News, August 1, 2008

WENDY RUDERMAN & DAVID GAMBACORTA "Top health official resigns amid DHS scandal," Philadelphia Daily News, August 2, 2008

Mengers, P. "Elwyn suspends worker charged in girl's death," Delco Times, August 2, 2008

Patrick Kerkstra & John Sullivan "Nutter seeks to reassure DHS workers," Philadelphia Inquirer, August 6, 2008

"2 Philly social workers fired in starvation death," USA Today, August 7, 2008

Roman, J. "U.D. man faces immigration charge," Delco Times, August 8, 2008

Report of the Grand Jury - MISC. NO. 0003211-2007


James E. Price
Criminalist I
Controlled Substances Division
Houston Police Crime Lab


Confronted in 1999 for "drylabbing," or concocting results, in two cases without conducting tests on evidence. According to reports: 

"...the analyst failed to perform tests on tablets prior to identifying them as containing a controlled substance. Rather than run fresh tests with respect to the tablets, the analyst used falsified analytical data to support his misidentification of the tablets."

He then accused his supervisors of harassment and received only a written reprimand. He later resigned.


OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR

HPD Crime Lab archive, Houston Chronicle

McVicker, S. "HPD admits it failed to review suspect lab work: Report alleges hundreds of cases were ignored for 'reasons unknown,'' Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2005

Khanna, R. & McVicker, S. "Crime lab faked results in 4 cases, probe finds," Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2005

 


Officer Michael Pyburn
Detroit Police Department Crime Lab


Metro Police Officer Michael Pyburn resigned after he falsified records to cover up a flawed ballistics report.


"Detroit Police Temporarily Shut Down Crime Lab’s Ballistic Division" NewsChannel 5 Investigates, April 10, 2008.

"Metro Police Halt Ballistics Testing" Detroit News, April 25, 2008.

Santiago Esparza & Doug Guthrie "Attorney: Detroit crime lab's 'sloppy work' invalidates charge against client" Detroit News, April 26, 2008.

 

 


Carol Ridling
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Texoma Medical Center


Testified under oath that she was certified by the Texas Attorney General's Office in her specialty. There is no such certification. Also lied about being SANE certified - it was expired.

 


"Sex Crimes Expert Lied On The Stand?" KTEN-10, February 27, 2008

Garsee, R. "Expert Witness Testimony:The Fallout" KTEN-10, May 6, 2008


Janice Roadcap
Police Chemist
PA Police Lab


Being sued in civil court by an exonerated defendant for falsification of evidence; testified that microscopic flecks of blood were only on the ridges of a fingerprint and not in the valleys between them, leading her to conclude blood was on his hand when he left the print at the murder scene. Her unaltered lab notes state numerous particles in the valleys gave a positive reaction during the test for blood.


"Convict professes innocence, turns down deal that would set him free," Times-News Online, March 24, 2002

Shellem, P. "Hearing on report granted," The Patriot-News, May 1, 2002

Shellem, P. "Slaying retrial not certain for man in prison for 28 years," The Patriot-News, June 25, 2002

Levy, M. "Man freed after 28 years in prison sues for wrongful conviction" The Associated Press, March 29, 2003

Shellem, P. "Who killed Edna Laughman?" The Patriot-News, June 1, 2003

Shellem, P. "State shuns pair sued by Crawford," The Patriot-News, June 4, 2003

"State won't defend employees who allegedly falsified evidence," KDKA-TV, June 4, 2003

"Work of state forensic scientist questioned," Associated Press, June 21, 2003

Levy, M. "District attorneys double-checking work of state police scientist" The Associated Press, March 29, 2003

Shellem, P. "Judge OKs DNA tests in '87 murder" The Patriot-News, June 27, 2003


Louise Robbins
Forensic Anthropologist
Prosecution expert from NC


Contended that she could tell whether the two shoes had ever been worn by the same person, or precisely who made a shoeprint on any surface, even if she only had a portion. Debunked by the rest of the forensic community as a fraud, testifying to the impossible.


BUCKLEY v. FITZSIMMONS et al. , No. 91-7849, on writ of certiorari to the united states court of appeals for the seventh circuit, June 24, 1993

Hansen, M. "Believe It or Not," ABA Journal, June, 1993

Frisbie, T. "Death penalty reform legislation won't put an end to criticism . . .," Chicago Sun-Times, June 1, 2003


Det. John St. Valentine- Brown
Forensic Toxicologist
Washington DC Police Dept.


Pleaded guilty to perjury regarding his credentials; admitted he did not have a pharmacology degree or a license to practice pharmacy.


Miller, B. "Accused of Perjury, Police Expert Resigns," Washington Post, July 23, 1999

Miller, B. "D.C. Police Expert Admits Perjury," Washington Post, February 11, 2000; Page B03

UNITED STATES V. WILLIAMS; NO. 00-3003; DECIDED DEC. 8, 2000

Miller, B. "Ex-Detective Faces New Deceit Charges; Phony Letters Allegedly Sent to Judge," Washington Post, January 5, 2001

Miller, B. "Ex-Officer Faces Contempt Charge; Former D.C. Detective Falsified Letters, Prosecutors Allege," Washington Post, January 27, 2001


Mark Arthur DaCosta Sargeant, MS
Government Forensic Sciences Centre, Barbados


Guilty of willfully making a false statement in a drug trial, namely that "No confirming tests were done on that white substance, namely, cocaine, because it was not in the last protocol at the time."


"Forensic scientist guilty of perjury," Nation News, February 4, 2006

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON "3 years for perjury," Nation News, February 7, 2006

MARK ARTHUR DACOSTA SARGEANT AND THE QUEEN, Criminal Appeal No. 2 of 2006: June 29, 30; July 7, 13, 14; and November 29



Kimberly Scott

fmr. Benton County Coroner, Arkansas 


Accused of stealing drugs and medication from death scenes, stealing drugs from evidence storage at the coroner's office, and falsifying evidence logs. Gave false statements to police that she publicly denied, but they had been taped by police. Maintained her innocence while under investigation. Pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony in 2007 and resigned.


Melissa Blakely & Jaclyn Houghton "Benton County Coroner Arrested on Charges of Using Deceased Patients’ Medication: Scott may face removal from office following arrest," The Morning News, August 20, 2006

Fitzgerald, S. "Benton County: Coroner stole drugs of dead, affidavit states," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, August 20, 2006

Neal, T. "Coroner resigns," Benton Daily Record, July 18, 2007

Mero, R. "Former Coroner Jailed, Fined $10,000: Prosecutor says sentence tougher than for most first-time drug offenders," The Morning News, July 24, 2007

"Ex-coroner pleads guilty to drug charge," Arkansas News Bureau, July 25, 2007

Neal, T. "About face," Benton Daily Record, July 25, 2007


Saami Shaibani
Injury Mechanism Analyst


Gave perjured testimony that he was affiliated with th physics dept. at Temple University. "Any claim by Mr. Shaibani that he is now a member of, or even affiliated with, the Temple University Department of Physics is fraudulent," reads a Sept. 27, 2001, letter from Edward Gawlinski, chair of the Temple University physics dept.


Bean, M. "Injury analyst: Theory that novelist's wife died from fall 'doesn't add up'," Court TV, September 25, 2003

Bean, M. "Judge: Key prosecution witness perjured himself," Court TV, September 26, 2003

Niolet, B. "Peterson saga marks milestone," The News Observer, December 9, 2003


Steven Skowron
Steven Skowron
fmr. Supervisor, Lab Coordinator, Fingerprint Examiner, Tucson Police Department Crime Lab


Skowron's supervisors found drug evidence from six different cases in his possession.

According to the TPD, he was had taken more than 4 grams of meth, 129 grams of powder cocaine, 198 grams of crack cocaine, and 718 grams of cocaine.

He resigned on the cusp of being fired.

 


Alexis Huicochea "Tucson police says crime lab employee mishandled evidence in 6 cases," Arizona Daily Star, April 11, 2008

Quijada, S. "Tucson Police Crime Lab Employee Resigns," FOX11-AZ, April 11, 2008

Murillo, L. "TPD employee accused of mishandling cases," KVOA-TV, April 14, 2008

Brosseau, C. "Ex-TPD staffer's cases get 2nd look after coke theft," Tucson Citizen, April 25, 2008

Alexis Huicochea "Drugs gone from crime lab; supervisor resigns," Arizona Daily Star, April 26, 2008

Murillo, L. "Former TPD crime lab tech talks to News 4," KVOA- TV, May 7, 2008



Dr. Charles R. Smith

Forensic Pathologist 
Canada


Louis Reynolds was wrongly accused of stabbing to death her seven-year-old daughter, Sharon, when Dr. Charles R. Smith misinterpreted 80 dog bites to be 80 stab wounds.  Mr. Reynolds spent 3 1/2 years in custody because of the charge. 

Dr. Smith Erred in at least 20 autopsies. Many occurred in baby death cases. Admitted he was under trained and aware of it when doing his work. 

According to the record: "Dr. Charles Smith has blamed his multiple errors in baby death cases on a combination of inadequate supervision, antiquated procedures, and a lax court system that encouraged expert witnesses to go too far in giving their opinions." He admits that he "never had proper training in the field - nor did he ever really attempt to get it."


Jane O’Hara "How the faulty findings of an eminent pathologist led to erroneous murder charges and ruined lives," Maclean’s, May 14, 2001

Staff "Charles Smith erred in 20 autopsies: review," CTV.ca News, April 19, 2007

Staff "Coroner's Review Finds Potential Mistakes In Cases That Sent Some Innocent People To Jail," CityNews.ca, April 19, 2007

Staff "Mullins-Johnson Found Not Guilty After Day Of Gut-Wrenching Appeals Testimony," CityNews.ca, October 15, 2007

Staff "Disgraced Pathologist Apologizes For "Mistakes," CityNews.ca, November 12, 2007

Staff "The Questionable Cases Of Dr. Charles Smith: A Review," CityNews.ca, November 12, 2007

Staff "'I Realize How Profoundly Ignorant I Was': Pathologist Forced To Admit His Errors," CityNews.ca, January 28, 2008

Staff "Discredited Doc Once Lectured Other Physicians On How To Testify In Court," CityNews.ca, January 29, 2008

Staff "Discredited Doctor Cries After Being Confronted By Victim In Dramatic Inquiry Moment," CityNews.ca, January 31, 2008

Bonokoski, M. "If forensic pathologists become 'cops in lab coats' they may not be serving justice -- just the prosecution," Toronto Sun, February 1, 2008

Makin, K. "Disgraced pathologist says errors not all his fault," Globe and Mail, March 27, 2008


Michael Stelter
Coroner, Winnebago Co., WI


Gave perjured testimony regarding findings for an examination that he did not perform. Also withheld evidence.


Wisconsin v. Richard M. Pease, Jr., No. 99-3207, STATE OF WISCONSIN IN COURT OF APPEALS, DISTRICT II, October 18, 2000

Bartin, G. "Coroner's mistake haunts campaign: Testimony about error contradicts what Paulus was told in 1990 meetings, documents show," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 1, 2002


Larry F. Stewart (left)
Director and Chief forensic scientist
United States Secret Service Crime Lab


Indicted for perjured testimony regarding testing on ink in the Martha Stewart case; claimed he performed analyses that he did not.

While he was found to have lied under oath by the jury, he was acquitted of the perjury charges which require that lies told under oath be "material". In other words, they would have affected the outcome of the trial. Jurors felt that Mr. Stewart's lies were not material.


"Official charged with perjury in Stewart case: Prosecutors find false statements made by national ink expert," MSNBC, May 21, 2004

Beltran, L. "Secret Service agent faces charges: So-called ink expert said to lie in Martha Stewart case," CBS Marketwatch, May 2 1, 2004

Ben-Ali, R. "Key Stewart witness arrested: Secret Service ink expert accused of lying about his role on document," The Star Ledger, May 22, 2004

Drury, A. "Stewart witness accused of lying," The Journal News, May 22, 2004

Glater, J. "Perjury charges for Stewart trial witness: Allegedly exaggerated role in analyzing ink on key document," The New York Times, May 22, 2004

McClam, E. "Expert Witness Accused of Perjury Expert Witness Accused of Perjury: Lawyers say it casts new doubt on the case against Martha Stewart. Lawyers say it casts new doubt on the case against Martha Stewart," The Associated Press, May 22, 2004

McClam, E. "Ink expert acquitted of perjury charges ," The Associated Press, October 6, 2004


Gary S. Stocco
Burn Expert
Executive Director,
National Burn Victim
Foundation


Found guilty of lying about his educational background and exaggerating his law enforcement experience. 

Ordered by the court never to testify as an expert again.


Quinn, W. & Ress, D. "Burn foundation exec faces perjury counts  -  Virginia says he lied about his credentials," The Star-Ledger,June 20, 2000

White, J. "Alleged Burn Expert Faces Second Perjury Charge; Officials Say Witness Falsified Credentials," Washington Post, August 9, 2000

White, J. "Fake Burn Expert Gets Probation for Lying in Court; Perjury Case Could Lead To Prosecution Elsewhere," Washington Post, January 13, 2001


Enrico Togneri
fmr. Director, Washoe County Crime Lab (deceased)


Togneri was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 1994 death of Gunter Paschkowiak, whom he killed while DUI. According to police reports, his BAC was as high as 0.182 percent. Continued to offer forensic expert services until his death in 2004.

Former President of ASCLD; former President of the AAFS.


"Former sheriff's captain paroled in fatal accident," Las Vegas Review Journal, November 07, 1998


John B. Torkelsen
Expert Financial Analyst


According to the record, "The perjury count to which Torkelsen has agreed to plead guilty relates to a false declaration he submitted on August 3, 1999 in the action Provenz, et al. v. Miller, et al., that was filed in United States District Court in San Jose. ...Torkelsen stated, under penalty of perjury, that he had generated fees in the case pursuant to a “non-contingent engagement by plaintiff’s counsel.” In fact, Torkelsen’s agreement with plaintiff’s counsel was that he was to be paid on a contingent basis." 


"Prosecutors say ex-expert witness will plead guilty to perjury," AP, February 29, 2008

"NEW JERSEY MAN WHO SERVED AS EXPERT WITNESS IN NUMEROUS CLASS ACTIONS AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY TO PERJURY FOR CONCEALING ARRANGEMENTS WITH LAW FIRMS," United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California, Press Release, February 28, 2008

Olson, W. "Milberg expert Torkelsen pleads guilty to perjury," Overlawyered.com, March 3, 2008

McNichol, D. "Democratic donor admits to perjury charges," The Star-Ledger, May 1, 2008



Richard D. Walter, MA
Former Prison Therapist
MI Dept. of Corrections


In a 1982 case, the defense discovered, the prosecution has  conceded, and the federal appeals court agrees that criminal profiler Richard D. Walter perjured himself in regards to his qualifications during sworn expert testimony in a double homicide shooting case.

Federal judge John T. Elfvin concluded that it was reasonable to presume that Walter had perjured himself with regards to his qualifications in the Drake case. Moreover, Judge Elfvin found that Walter had made additional false and misleading statements about his credentials while under oath that could not be conclusively referred to as perjury, which is a specific legal charge. 

Mr. Walter remains a member of the Vidocq Society, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences General section with supporter and colleague Dr. Robert Keppel.

Note: A propaganda site which inaccurately exonerates Walter for his false and perjurious testimony in the Drake case has been placed online at: www.richarddwalter.com. This page exists in concert with www.ForensicReporter.com, which claims anonymous authorship of the phony May 8, 2006 article, as well as serving to promote the work of Richard Walter and his close colleague Robert D. Keppel.


Drake v. Portuondo, United States District Court, Western District of New York, 99-CV-0681E(Sr), Memorandum and Order, March 16, 2006 - Walters false testimony investigated and confirmed by a federal judge.

Nguyen, Helen "Defendant's conviction upheld despite perjury committed by expert witness" Daily Record (Rochester, NY), March 23, 2006

Drake v. Portuondo, Docket No. 01-2217, January 31, 2003 (321 F.3d 338), Argued: September 9, 2002, Decided: January 31, 2003

Transcript of Walter's testimony (.jfx files. Right click, save as, and view in windows fax viewer):

·         pp. 782 - 790 

·         pp. 791 - 800 

·         pp. 801 - 814

Miller, J. "More discovery needed to review expert's statements," Daily Record, February 5, 2003

EWING, CHARLES PATRICK "False credentials cause extensive fallout: Psychologist's perjury may lead to a new trial for a convicted murderer," APA Judicial Notebook Volume 34, No. 7 July/August 2003, p.84

See also:

Grezlak, H. "'Profiling' Testimony Inadmissible in Murder Trial," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, April 12, 1999 (Walter's testimony prohibited in a trial because it was "based too much on probabilities and speculation")

WPMO - Sixth Annual Conference (Walters listed as a Dr. when he is not)

Omega Crime Assessment Group - dead link.


David Williams
Supervisor/ Forensic Examiner
FBI Crime Lab


Accused of giving "inaccurate and incomplete'' testimony that appeared to be "tailored to the most incriminating result", by  Inspector General Michael Bromwich. Bromwich further stated that his analyses "are scientifically unsound ... and are biased in favor of the prosecution."

He was transferred to the field.


Serrano, R. "Misconduct Allegations Arise in FBI Lab Probe," LA Times, January 30, 1997

The FBI Laboratory: An Investigation into Laboratory Practices and Alleged Misconduct in Explosives-Related and Other Cases, U. S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, April 1997

"Report critical of FBI agents' work in cases," Associated Press, April 16, 1997

"Report: FBI lab botched Oklahoma bombing evidence," CNN.com, March 22, 1997

NACDL- David Williams



Fred Zain
Forensic Chemist
WV State Police Lab


Perjury in serology cases for tests not performed and fraud from misrepresentation of credentials.


IN THE SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS OF WEST VIRGINIA, September 1993 Term, No. 21973, IN THE MATTER OF AN INVESTIGATION OF THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE CRIME LABORATORY, SEROLOGY DIVISION, Report Submitted: November 4, 1993, Opinion Filed: November 10, 1993

Chan, S. "Scores of Convictions Reviewed as Chemist Faces Perjury Accusations Forensics," LA Times, August 21, 1994

Hodel, M. "Crime lab chemist goes on trial in W. Va. for alleged fraud," Associated Press, September 3, 2001

Stirewalt, C. "Zain dead at 52," Daily Mail, December 03, 2002

A State of Denial: Texas Justice and the Death Penalty by the Texas Defender Service, Ch. 3 - "A Danger to Society: Fooling the Jury with Phony Experts"


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