World Class Forensic Document Examiner
Ms.Miller has analyzed hundreds of questioned document cases and delivered expert testimony in federal and state courts as a document examiner.
What I Offer My Clients
Master’s of Forensic Science
Master’s in Forensic Science, George Washington University
Surpass all Standards
Meeting Scientific Working Group for Forensic Document Examination (SWGDOC) Industry Standards. Standards Here
Testifying Expert in the U.S. and abroad
“Meredith Miller is accomplished, resourceful, and deeply knowledgeable about her craft. Working with her was always pleasant, highly professional, and most important: valuable. She’s confident, careful, and impassioned, too, and knows how to make a real difference in her work.”
-Thomas Gasparoli, Award-winning journalist and writer of the Pursuit podcast
“Ms. Miller was hired to examine signatures in a complex estate case involving allegations of forgery. Ms. Miller was thorough, organized and communicated concepts and information to the jury well. Her testimony was undoubtedly a factor in obtaining a favorable verdict for our client.”
-Kurt F. Ellison, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP
“We engaged Ms. Meredith DeKalb Miller to evaluate an allegation of signature-forgery in a lawsuit. Her evaluation was technically superb and not predetermined, which proved helpful against the opposing party’s forgery witness, who had presumed a forgery prior to conducting his evaluation. A jury granted a verdict for our client on the opponent’s forgery allegation. I highly recommend Ms. Miller to anyone who is interested in engaging an exceptional expert in the field of forensic document analysis.”
-Matthew Koehler, Principal at Brown & James Law Firm, St. Louis, MO
Ms. Miller is the only private document examiner certified by the FBI Laboratory
Meredith began her career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Questioned Document Unit in Washington, D.C. Meredith successfully completed a full time two-year training program at the FBI Laboratory and became a certified forensic document examiner in 2001.
Meredith was promoted to Supervisor at the FBI Laboratory before being recruited to work as a consultant with the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), a part of the U.S. Department of Justice. Meredith has traveled to Kosovo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Paraguay, Mexico, Algeria, and Bangladesh offering training and guidance in all areas of questioned document examinations and quality assurance.
Earned a Masters degree in Forensic Science
Serves as a member of the Questioned Document Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Contracted with the Department of Justice as an international trainer and document expert
Working as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with the FBI Laboratory on empirical research in the field of questioned documents.
Received extensive training and successfully completed a full-time two-year training program with the Questioned Document Unit of the FBI Laboratory.
Who I Work With
ATTORNEYS, BUSINESSES AND PRIVATE CITIZENS
Meredith can assist attorneys, businesses and private citizens with a forensic document examination providing written and oral reports. Questioned documents may include wills, deeds, medical records, income tax records. insurance claims. nuptial agreements, land records, time sheets. contracts, loan agreements, election petitions. checks, and anonymous letters.
BANKS, INSURANCE COMPANIES, PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES
Meredith can assist businesses such as: banks, insurance companies, title agencies, investigative and security firms, loss prevention specialists, private investigators and media services in private investigations. Should the need arise to go to court, she provides litigation support and testimony as an expert witness. Clients feel comfortable knowing she has extensive federal and state experience in the courts.
INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
Meredith can assist various international government agencies in the creation of governmental forensic document examination facilities. Services include: establishing handwriting analysis services, designing the Laboratory, assisting in accreditation, developing methodologies, writing various policy and procedures manuals, management training and gap analysis. Meredith will additionally provide assessments and give valuable recommendations for the laboratory
What Type of Documents I Examine
Income Tax Returns
What Type of Examinations I Perform
- handwriting examinations
- signature examinations
- detection of alterations
- detection of additions
- detection of deletions
- detection of counterfeits
- decipherment of erasures
- restoration of water-soaked documents
- charred, stained, or torn documents
- ink and paper comparisons
- faded writing
- paper watermarks and security features
- fracture matches
- shredded document restoration
- paper edge examination
- sequence of entry determinations
- printing examinations
- ultraviolet/infrared analysis
- inkjet/laser/photocopier examinations
- bindings, staple hole markings
- detection and analysis of indented writing
- rubber stamps
- document authentication
Meredith accepts privates cases nationwide and is looking forward to offering
international training in the area of questioned documents
Meredith is a member of the Questioned Document section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
What is the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multifaceted organization providing leadership to advance science and its utilization in the legal system. The Academy’s intention is to bolster professionalism, integrity, competency, education, foster research. improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.
Main Principles of Forensic Document Examination
Forensic document examination involves determining the origin or authenticity of a questioned document. Several areas for examination include the analysis of the printing process used to create the document, the paper, handwriting or signatures on the document, and indented impressions on the paper that may not be visible without specialized equipment. Often, an examiner may be asked to determine through a handwriting comparison who signed the document. the date when the document was created, materials used to create the document, or if any alterations or modifications to the original document can be detected. An examiner can also examine the evidence for obliteration or whether a page has been removed or substituted in a multi-page document. Additionally, an examiner can study the methods, materials or machines being used to create the document. The examiner will analyze all facets of the document to identify or narrow down the possible sources of the document. A forensic document examiner can also analyze the ink, paper, writing tools, ribbons, stamps and seals used in production of a document to reveal important information. However, the majority of examinations asked of a forensic document examiner involves handwriting comparisons including hand printing and signatures. The identification of handwriting is based on three main principles:
(1) Given that there’s enough handwriting samples, no two skilled writers would be able to show identical handwriting features
(2) Everyone has a range of natural variation to his or her writing
(3) No writer can exceed his or her writing skill level, for example a person who has just learned to write very basic hand-printed letters won’t be able to write perfectly formed and highly skilled cursive writing
Handwriting samples from hundreds of thousands of writers can be found in computer databases maintained by the U.S. Secret Service. German Federal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Using a comparison of those databases. there’s no evidence of the exact same combination of handwriting characteristics being found. These databases along with empirical research in the field lends itself to validating and authenticating the uniqueness of handwriting evidence and it’s acceptance in court.