A former Oklahoma City law enforcement officer and the owner of Polygraph.com was sentenced to two years in prison for training customers to lie and conceal crimes and other misconduct during polygraph examinations.
Douglas G. Williams, 69, of Norman, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of mail fraud and three counts of witness tampering.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange of the Western District of Oklahoma imposed the sentence.
Williams owned and operated Polygraph.com. He trained people applying for federal jobs to conceal past misconduct and other disqualifying information during polygraph examinations.
The DOJ said,
In particular, Williams admitted that he trained an individual posing as a federal law enforcement officer to lie and conceal involvement in criminal activity from an internal agency investigation. . . . Williams also admitted to training a second individual, posing as an applicant seeking federal employment, to lie and conceal crimes in a pre-employment polygraph examination.
Williams told the individuals to deny receiving his polygraph training.
In a video posted on YouTube in 2013, Williams said he taught people to pass polygraph tests to show how unreliable the tests are. He said he was crusading to outlaw the use of polygraph exams in the United States.
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