At the time of his retirement in July of 1998, Mr. Richard, M. Williams, then a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA), was the Federal Bureau of Investigation's senior Document Examiner, with over 23 of his 27-year Bureau career having been dedicated to the field of questioned documents. While assigned to the FBI's Laboratory Division, SSA Williams testified more than 250 times in Federal and State courts, as well as military court-martial proceedings throughout the United States and its territories. As a result of his proven expertise in the identification and/or authentication of handwriting, hand printing, typewriting, graphic arts, photocopying processes, as well as other examinations of a documentary nature, SSA Williams was the examiner of record in such cases as the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, the Vince Foster suicide, the kidnapping/murder of Exxon Chief Executive Sidney Reso, the fraud by wire investigation of the former President Ferdinand and First Lady Imelda Marcos of the Philippines, the Joey Buttafuoco/Amy Fisher affair and the investigation and subsequent conviction of Chief Justice Sol Wachtler of the New York State Supreme Court for attempted extortion, to name but a few.
Upon being selected for appointment to the Document Section, SSA Williams underwent a highly specialized two-year training program conducted at the FBI Laboratory facilities in Washington, DC. Under the direct guidance and tutelage of nationally recognized questioned document experts, SSA Williams participated in one of the nation's most comprehensive, as well as, demanding forensic training programs encompassing lectures, prescribed readings in authoritative texts and technical journals, practical problems, experimentation, testing and, finally, a year-long internship wherein the trainee was given the opportunity to apply the instructional data in a hands-on setting. SSA Williams additionally participated in specialized instructional programs provided by the Smithsonian Institution, the National Bureau of Standards, the US Bureau of Printing and Engraving, the Government Printing Office, the Institute of Paper Chemistry, the Mead Paper Company and others. Certification was conferred upon SSA Williams by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after demonstrated mastery of all phases of the Questioned document curriculum. Throughout his laboratory career, SSA Williams kept abreast of changes within his discipline through seminars and instructional programs and was regularly subjected to proficiency tests, all of which he successfully passed
As an expert in his field, SSA Williams lectured and/or provided instruction in the forensic examination of questioned documents to Special Agents, Special Agent trainees and National Academy participants at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia; in-house training of FBI Document Examiners at the FBI Laboratory, Washington, DC, and Military Investigators and Prosecutors at Bolling Air Force Base, Maryland; the US Navy Yard, Washington, DC, and the Quantico Virginia Marine Corps Base. As a representative of the FBI Laboratory, he has made presentations to State and Federal prosecutors throughout the United States regarding questioned document matters. SSA Williams has on numerous occasions been a guest lecturer in the Graduate Studies Program in Forensic Sciences at George Washington University, Washington, DC, and was, for many years, a regular participant in the Department of Justice's Attorney General's Advocacy School, also in Washington, DC.
Since his retirement, Mr. Williams has actively been engaged in the questioned document field, providing contract document services to the US Postal Service, the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, Howard University, Bank of America, as well as the Corporation Counsel of Washington, DC. He additionally conducts forensic examinations for corporate and private clients alike. In behalf of his clients, Mr. Williams, during the past four years, has testified in both federal and state courts in such diverse locations as Alaska, Alabama, Texas and Florida in matters ranging from capital murder to arbitrated settlements*
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