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Catch Me If You Can! Yes I Can!

Posted by attorney Athina Karamanlis Powers

We all recall the biographical crime movie Catch Me If You Can (2002) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The conclusion of the film presented us with a fact that the captured criminals later became the experts, teachers, advisors and mentors for new generations of crime fighters and fraud examiners that assist not only in the crime prevention and detection but also in the adjudicative process of identifying lies, deception or artifice. Throughout human history, all methods of communication revealed different statistics, linguistics and the psyches of each individual which can expose the deceptive techniques in human interaction. In modern times, analyzing human behavior through verbal and written samples allows us to identify if the individual is committing perjury in any way, shape or form. Polygraphic tests use questions to identify falsifications, but many jurisdictions refuse to accept that as evidence in a case. What about emails, letters and other forms of modern communication? What about testimonies? It's not only the body language and behavior of the person that can expose their intentions and previous crimes, but it's also the lexical choice, writing techniques and overlooked minute parts of provided statements that in the end become undoubted sources of admission in courts and trials. For over 60 years, authoritative sources in our criminal, civil, judicial and investigative systems have processed and developed statistical information for behavior patents and linguistic patents in writing that are accepted in the national and international arena as investigative golden rules and axioms to uncover the thin border between lie and truth. I have the privilege of being not only an attorney member of the California State Bar, but also a trained fraud examiner (Certified Fraud Examiner) member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner with over 50,000 internally recognized fraud experts. As such, part of my job is to review thousands pages in documents including testimonies in which the written word indirectly reveals if its writer was deceiving us or attempting to do so. That revelation helps attorneys, litigators and other authoritative figures to centralize their efforts towards investigations that can help our clients minimize their expenses and resolve their cases.

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