Beverley East has practiced the science of forensic document examination in the US, UK, Jamaica and other countries for 27 years.
She has worked on a number of cases involving a variety of handwriting identification such as verifying the authenticity of signatures, and comments for fraud and malpractice in relation to checks, wills, contracts and medical records.
Ms. East’s opinion has been sought after for major media landmark cases such as the Jon Benet Ramsey investigation. Her opinion on the Anthrax letters was included in the National Geographic television documentary, which aired internationally in September 2009.
As a seasoned handwriting expert she has examined many will and testament fraud cases and won in the Supreme Court in Kingston, Jamaica, the High Court of Trinidad & Tobago, and the Washington, DC Courts. One significant examination resulted in a $4.5 million win for a DC lawyer from Troutman & Saunders for authenticating the 18th century explorer Alfred Wallace’s 1,700-item collection for the Smithsonian Museum.
Ms. East has provided an 18-month training course in Forensic Questioned Document Examination for a division of the Jamaican Police Force.
She also provides Question Document training seminars for several banks including Jamaica Money Market Brokers, RBTT Bank, Jamaica National Building Society, and Sagicor and Jamaica Financial Institute Services. An Accredited seminar for lawyers through the General Legal Council.
Ms. East has lectured at major universities such as Bowie State University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has been featured in the print media such as the Washington Post and the Guardian (UK), and participated in a Research and Reliability Study for the British Institute of Graphologists.
She studied and trained both in the UK and the USA and qualified and apprenticed with the world-renowned Document Examiner, Felix Klein in New York.
A recipient of several awards, Ms. East is a member of the National Association of Document Examiners (NADE) and a member of the Scientific Association for Forensic Examiners (SAFE).
She is also a member of IADE International Association of Document Examiners to whose Ethics Committee she was appointed last year. She was IADE’s 2015 Conference Chair. The conference was held in Montego Bay Jamaica, a first for the caribbean region.
She is a recipient of the “Forerunner Award” which was accepted November 2015 from the Institute of Caribbean Studies, Washington D.C.