Forensic Fraud

Evaluating Law Enforcement and Forensic Science Cultures in the Context of Examiner Misconduct


  • Brent Turvey, Forensic Solutions LLC, Sitka, AK, USA

Forensic Fraud is a timely work that examines the problem of forensic fraud both theoretically and empirically, assessing the relationships among examiner, workplace, evidentiary, and impact variables.

Unvalidated or improper forensic science is a leading cause of wrongful convictions. In more than 50% of the DNA exonerations nationwide, unvalidated or improper forensic science contributed to the underlying wrongful conviction.

These problems include forensic techniques that have not been subjected to rigorous scientific evaluation (such as hair microscopy, bite mark comparisons, firearm tool mark analysis and shoe print comparisons); testing that is improperly conducted or analysis that is not accurate (regardless of whether the forensic technique involved is validated); and forensic misconduct (such as fabricated test results and misleading testimony).

Forensic Fraud is written by a forensic scientist for the forensic science community, rather than by legal scholars or practitioners, as has been the trend.

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Forensic science professionals, legal practitioners, laboratory supervisors, forensic science students and academicians


Book information

  • Published: May 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-408073-7


"The enabling conditions and motivations behind forensic fraud are presented, with the argument that systematic incompatibilities between law enforcement culture and scientific culture are largely to blame, along with institutional negligence, rather than unavoidable ‘bad apple’ outliers."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Forensic Fraud & Occupational Fraud

Chapter 3 – Forensic Science: A Primer

Chapter 4 – Fraud and Law Enforcement Culture

Chapter 5 – Fraud and Scientific Culture

Chapter 6 – Scientific Integrity & Law Enforcement Culture: A Contrast

Chapter 7 – Forensic Fraud: Research Efforts to Date

Chapter 8 – Forensic Fraud, 2000-2010: A Study

Chapter 9 – Multivariate Analysis of Forensic Fraud Cases

Chapter 10 – Conclusions and Recommendations

Chapter 11 – Recent Scandals (2011-2012): An Update and Discussion