Skull-duggery

 By way of example of the variable nature of a document, in this case, FDS was asked to examine a large collection of stolen mammalian skulls that originally contained handwritten codes identifying which species they belonged to.  The thief attempted to physically erase the mu

Cheque alterations & endorsement

Notwithstanding the gradual decline in the use of cheques, the intercepting of cheques between being filled out and being banked (often while in the mail but sometimes by a person on the inside) is an ongoing problem. 

Bank guarantee disavowal

A bank sought to recover funds pursuant to a bank guarantee.  The purported guarantor denied having signed the bank guarantee and claimed that the signature thereon was a forgery. 

Is it an original stamp?

Many organisations around the world rely on the use of official rubber stamp impressions to authenticate their documents.  The forensic document examiners at FDS undertake examinations of what purport to be original rubber stamp impressions on all manner of documents to make a

Counterfeit Platinum Certificate

A dispute arose as to the genuineness of certain Platinum Certificates purporting to have been issued by the Union Bank of Switzerland.  The certificates, if genuine, represented a very significant monetary value. 

Police notebook entry

FDS was requested to examine an entry in a police notebook to ascertain whether or not it was a contemporaneous record of events.  The entry read "request witness protection".

Altered medical record

A surgeon was defending a medical malpractice suit and produced three pages of patient medical records in support of his case that he had cautioned the plaintiff patient as to the risks associated with a proposed medical procedure.  The warning appeared on page 2 of the n

Diary entry addition

A case was submitted which required determining whether an entry in a diary that read "Meeting 2pm Signing Wend" (sic) was all written sequentially on the one occasion. 

Hospital patient history notes

A patient under care in hospital suffered complications which resulted in permanent health problems.  There was a question raised as to the attentio

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