Steve Cain has over 20 years experience in examining audio and/or video tapes for the U.S. Department of Justice (includes the White House Senate Select Judiciary Committee: Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill, the Senate Investigation Sub-Committee: “China Gate” Investigation), U.S. Attorney’s Office, over 100 Public Defender offices, F.B.I., S.E.C., D.E.A., Customs, I.R.S., Secret Service, A.T.F., and over 1,000 law firms in both criminal and civil cases in the U.S. and overseas.
Following twenty two (22) years as both a Special Agent and a forensic specialist with both the U.S. Secret Service and IRS National Crime Laboratories, Steve started Forensic Tape Analysis, Inc. in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. A variety of forensic services are offered although the majority of requests concern the identification of questioned voice recordings or issues relating to audio or video tape recording authenticity (i.e. tampering or editing evidence). Steve is also board certified as a questioned document examiner. Experts in other forensic disciplines are available upon request.
Steve received his B.S. at the USAF Academy in 1967 after later completed two Masters of Forensic Science Degrees at George Washington University and Antioch School of Law. He has completed two years of a PhD in Criminology at the University of Maryland. He has attended numerous specialized courses of instruction in forensics throughout the U.S. and is both nationally board certified and court qualified (federal and state) in a variety of disciplines. A member of several international forensic organizations, Steve has published more than twenty articles in forensics, investigative, and legal journals and has been a guest speaker at numerous national/international conferences regarding forensic examination techniques.
He has testified in over 40 states, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, and Canada in both criminal and civil cases. He has examined over twenty thousand (20,000) cases during his almost thirty years of forensic experience.
Mr. Cain is also President/CEO of the International Institute for Forensic Training (IIFT).
IIFT provides quality “hands-on” forensic instruction in a variety of different disciplines including audio/videotape examinations, voice identification or elimination, tape enhancement, and audio and videotape tampering identification techniques.
IIFT instructors have already provided training to foreign law enforcement and attorneys in the Middle East, Argentina, Turkey, South Africa, Dubai and other overseas locations.
References and a Federal Rule 26 listing of recent case testimony are available upon request. Steve was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Forensic Document Examiners (AFDE) and the American Board of Recorded Evidence (ABRE).
Important Expert Witness Cases
• “48 Hours” News Special – “The Bookie’s
Wife” (Texas v. Angleton – Murder Trial Acquittal –
Broadcast January, 2002)
President - Forensic Tape Analysis, Inc., - Forensic Audio/Video Tape Examiner/ Examiner of Questioned Documents, Lake Geneva, WI and Diplomat and Fellow, American College of Forensic Examiners
Chief Liaison Officer for Law Enforcement (Domestic & Foreign), American
College of Forensic Examiners (Internationally accredited forensic organization)
– Diplomate for the American Board of
President – Applied Forensic Technologies Intl., Inc., Lake Geneva/Williams
Special Agent/Branch Supervisor, Senior Document Examiner, Chief Polygraph/Voiceprint Units – IRS National Crime Lab, Chicago, IL (1986-1989)
Special Agent/Questioned Document Examiner/Voiceprint Examiner/Polygraph Operator – U.S. Secret Service, Washington DC and San Antonio, TX (1971-1985)
Special Agent/Polygraph Examiner – USAF Office of Special Investigations (1967-1971)
Captain, USAF, assigned to San Antonio, TX and Republic of Vietnam (1967-1971),
Honorable Discharge (August, 1971)
Specialized Forensic Audio Training at the Following Institutions:
New York Institute of Forensic Audio/Video, Forensic Audio and Video
*Note: National certification by New York Institute of Forensic Audio
in Audio Tape Authentication Techniques in 1997 and 1998. Separate national
certification by American Board of Recorded Evidence, May 1998 in Video
and Audio Tape Authentication.
U.S. Secret Service, Special Agent Training Course & Technical Operations
U.S. Army Military Police School, Advanced Polygraph Examiner Course,
No. 1, November -
Forensic Memberships/Past Certification:
*Note: Certification by New York Institute of Forensic AudioTape Authentication
Techniques in 1997 and 1998. Additional certification by America Board
of Recorded Evidence (ABRE).
Chicago Crime Commission (Organized Crime Committee) (1991-1994)
“Striation Evidence in Counterfeiting Cases” - Journal of
Forensic Sciences, 1983
“Voiceprint Identification” - Money Laundering and Narcotics
Update, Department of Justice,
“Examining Questioned Documents” - The Legal Investigator,
“Sound Recordings as Evidence in Court Proceedings PROSECUTOR MAGAZINE,
September/October1995 Volume 29, Number 5
“Disguised Writings”- Paper presented at AFDE annual meeting in Milwaukee, WI, 1998.
“The Forensic Examination of Video Tape—Technical, Integrity and Legal Issues”-- accepted for publication-American College of Forensic Examiners (AFCE) – published in The Forensic Examiner, Vol. 8, Nos. 11 & 12, November/December 1999.
“Audio for Video Post Production” – Paper presented
at AES annual meeting, New York City, NY,
“Examining Questionable Documents” – Published – South Florida Investigators Association Journal, May, 2000.
“CD Copies of Taped Recordings – A Poor Alternative for Defense
Attorneys” – Submitted to the Champion magazine, official
publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL),
George Washington University, Washington DC (1978-1979)
Northern Virginia College, Woodbridge, VA (1978-1980) Adjunct Professor of Criminalistics
University of Delaware, (Washington DC extension) (1980)
U.S. Secret Service Questioned Documents School, Washington DC (1978-1982)
Guest lecturer at Antioch School of Law ,“Questioned Documents” (1980)
Guest lecturer at Harper College, Chicago, IL (1989)
National Association of Legal Investigators, (NALI) Mid-Winter Convention,
Kansas City, MO
NALI, Annual Convention Houston, TX, speaking to approximately 200 to
The International Association of Credit Card Investigators, (Milwaukee) Guest Speaker, 1991.
The Association of Financial Crime Investigators, Chicago, IL (July, 1990)
The Safety Deposit Association, Milwaukee, WI speaking to 100 investigators (July, 1990)
Cook County Public Defenders Office (Multiple Defendant Division) (June 3, 1991)
Cook County Investigators Seminar (Public Defender Office) speaking before
Cook County Public Defender Office, Bridgeview, IL (August 20, 1991)
Cook County Public Defenders Office, District 2, Skokie, IL (August 21, 1991)
Iowa State Investigators Association, Semi-Annual Meeting, Des Moines, IA (August, 1991)
DuPage Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association (September, 1991)
American Society of Industrial Security (A.S.I.S.), Annual Convention,
Audio Engineering Society (AES), Annual Meeting, New York, (October 1991),
Surveillance EXPO ’91, Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, (November,
1991), Guest Speaker,
Wisconsin Narcotic Officers Association, winter 1991 Seminar, Milwaukee,
WI, speaking to over
Chicago Bar Association, Criminal Defense Division (February, 1992)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Annual Spring Convention (May 1992)
ION ’92 Conference, Denver, CO, (February, 1992) Faculty member
and Guest Speaker for
American Board of Criminal Lawyers Annual Board Meeting Phoenix, AZ (March, 1992)
MAGLOCLEN, Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement
Chicago Crime Commission, Monthly Meeting, Spoke to over 40 Federal law
Wisconsin League of Financial Investigators, (Questioned Documents and
National Association of Legal Investigators, Mid-Winter Convention/Seminar
(Regions II & V)
American Academy of Forensic Sciences, “Authentication of Sound
Recordings for Evidentiary
Kent Law School, (Illinois Institute of Technology), Four lectures on
Third Pan American Chemical Congress, Guest Lecturer & Workshop Moderator,
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Featured Speaker on
Minnesota State Bar Convention, Minneapolis, MN, June 1996
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (O.A.C.D.L.), Annual Convention,
Federal Special Agents Association, Annual Meeting, Guest Speaker, “Forensic
Association of Forensic Document Examiners (Annual Meetings - Boston,
MA, Chicago, IL,
Chicago Bar Association & NACDL semi-annual meeting – Guest Speaker, “Tape Tampering Technologies”, Chicago, IL, October 1998
American College of Forensic Examiners, Annual Convention, Guest Speaker,
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL) – Guest Speaker on “Tape Authentication”, New Orleans, LA, December 1999
American College of Forensic Examiners, Annual Convention, Guest Speaker,
American College of Forensic Examiners, Annual Convention, Seminar, “Audio
and Video Tape
American Academy of Forensic Sciences, “Audio and Video Tampering and Detection”, presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting (Computer and High Technology Crime Panel and Workshop) Seattle, WA, February 22, 2001
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Exhibitor and
Speaker to NACDL Evidence Committee on CD-ROM corruption, Las Vegas, NV,
Over 300 previous occasions. Called to testify in approximately 800 criminal and civil cases.
American College of Forensic Examiners.
The ACFE has become accredited or recognized by the following:
The National Certification Commission
Forensic Tape Analysis, Inc.