A US forensic computer scientist has concluded that the alleged emails presented by Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley are “of a fraudulent nature.”
The scientist with extensive experience in computer crime investigation Jon Berryhill has come to that conclusion following an analysis of the emails.
Mr. Jon Berryhill’s analysis is the latest development in the email gate controversy, which began with allegations in Parliament by Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley.
According to Mr. Berryhill’s report there are many inconsistencies and questionable points that, by themselves, would easily lead any analyst to the conclusion that none of the documents can be trusted.
He found what he said were ‘fatal flaws or inconsistencies, or invalid email addresses or “sure signs of tampering or editing.”
He also identified several technical irregularities in the emails.
The expert, who has worked on a wide variety of legal cases over several years and has provided expert court testimony, was retained by attorney Israel Khan S.C. to analyze the emails.
Mr. Khan, legal representative of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is expected to hold a press conference on Monday, where Mr. Berryhill is expected to explain his findings to the media.
The Government has vehemently denied any ties to the alleged emails.
There is also speculation that Mrs. Persad-Bissessar would address the issue when the ruling United National Congress resumes its Monday night forum at Felicity.
The matter is currently being investigated by the police service.
Jon Berryhill holds a B.S. in Engineering Computer Science from Lamar University in Beaumont Texas. He has extensive DOS and Windows experience dating back to the original releases of both operating systems. He has been working in and around the computer industry since 1983. A former officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Office of Special Investigations, he was a federal agent with formal training in computer security, data recovery, evidence handling and computer crime investigation. Jon was on active duty with the AFOSI until October 95. For an additional seven years he continued with AFOSI as a member of the Air Force Reserve.
While with AFOSI Jon worked as both the lead investigative agent and in support roles in a wide variety of cases including fraud, homicide, theft, drugs, child pornography and counter-intelligence. He has experience testifying in military, federal and state courts. Jon has provided expert testimony in and been certified by California and Federal courts as an expert in the field of computer crime and computer forensic analysis.
In addition to forensic media analysis and consulting, Jon was an instructor for the California Department of Justice – Advanced Training Center from 1998 to 2000. He developed and taught their Internet Crimes Investigations course and participated in the development of other high tech crime and computer crime investigations courses. He worked closely with them to develop POST certified courses for California peace officers.
In addition to his other activities, Jon has also provided computer evidence seizure training to local police. Following guest lectures at the California State University, Sacramento, Jon was named to the rolls of the Criminal Justice Scholastic Speaker’s Bureau as a preferred member.
A full formal resume is available on request.