Feds Charge OK Man for Polygraph Coaching


For at least the second time since 2012, the federal government has brought criminal charges that accuse someone of training people on how to beat a polygraph test, says the Wall Street Journal. Douglas G. Williams, 69, a former police polygraph operator in Oklahoma, is accused of coaching people “how to lie and conceal crimes” during federally administered lie-detector tests. Williams, who operates a company called Polygraph.com, was charged with mail fraud and obstruction of justice.

The indictment follows the federal prosecution of an Indiana man who was sentenced to eight months in prison in 2013 after pleading guilty to similar charges. Prosecutors alleged that Williams “trained an individual posing as a federal law enforcement officer to lie and conceal involvement in criminal activity from an internal agency investigation.” The U.S. Custom and Border Protection's internal affairs office and the FBI's Oklahoma City field office led the investigation. Williams claims violation of his First Amendment rights.

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