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Document fraud topic of URI's Forensic Science Seminar

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 16 2004 -- A forensic examiner from the FBI will be the latest speaker at the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Seminar Series. Gregg Mokrzycki of the Questioned Documents Unit (QDU) will speak on the analysis of document fraud.

The lecture will take place on Friday, April 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

With professional-quality technology so readily available, it is easy for opportunists to forge virtually any document in a short period of time. Whereas analysts used to see obvious traces of cutting and pasting, today's computers, photocopiers, scanners, and digital cameras make their job more difficult. But not impossible.

The FBI lab in Washington D.C. analyzes documents, both on the surface and within the paper itself. Ink, watermarks, safety fibers, and perforations are examined. Aside from examinations, the QDU provides court testimony, technical support and training for field investigators, and research and evaluation of newly developed technology.

Mokrzycki is a member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners and was a facilitator at its annual meeting in 2003.

The lecture series is a semester-long program offered by URI's Forensic Science Partnership and continues through April 30.