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Polygraph Expert in Hot Water With USA

OKLAHOMA CITY (CN) - A federal indictment accuses a former Oklahoma City police officer of teaching customers of his polygraph business to lie and hide crimes to get federal jobs.

A grand jury indicted Douglas G. Williams, 69, of Norman, on Thursday on two counts of mail fraud and three counts of witness tampering.

Williams owns Polygraph.com, which trains people who appear for polygraph exams before law enforcement agencies and under terms of their parole or probation.

Williams was in charge of the polygraph section of the Oklahoma City Police Department Internal Affairs unit and has "administered thousands of tests," according to his website, checked Monday morning.

The indictment states: "The purpose of the scheme was to defraud the United States and to obtain and maintain positions of federal employment for Williams' customers for which they did not quality, and the salary attendant to such positions, through materially false and fraudulent statements and representations.

"A further purpose of the scheme was for Williams to enrich himself by assisting his customers - including, among others, federal job applicants, applicants for federal security clearances, and individuals under investigation by federal law enforcement agencies - in deceiving the federal government in order to obtain or maintain positions of federal employment for which Williams' customers did not qualify."

Prosecutors say in the indictment that Williams charges at least $1,000 for training at his Norman offices and at least $5,000 plus expenses to conduct off-site training.

In a 2012 undercover operation, prosecutors say, Williams trained an undercover federal agent posing as a Department of Homeland Security airport inspector to lie and hide involvement in criminal activity from an internal investigation.

"Williams claimed to be the 'only person in the world' who could provide the necessary training," the indictment states. "Williams told Undercover A that 'now every person who's convicted of any type of sexual offense in the United States has to take a polygraph test every six months to stay out of jail, so they're willing to you know, line up three deep to get trained to make sure they can pass the damn thing.'"

When the agent told Williams he intended to lie to investigators about his role in illegal smuggling, Williams chastised him, the indictment states.

"Williams told Undercover A, 'I haven't lived this long and fucked the government this long, and done such a controversial thing that I do for this long, and got away with it without any trouble whatsoever, by being a dumbass,'" the indictment states. "During the conversation, Williams told Undercover A that he was 'worried about whether I can trust you, number one, to be smart enough to keep your damn mouth shut after I've already told you to.'"

In another undercover operation in 2013, Williams allegedly trained an undercover agent posing as a Border Patrol applicant to lie and hide crimes in a pre-employment polygraph test.

"During the training, Undercover B said to Williams, 'My big fear is them asking me about the drug question,' at which time Williams interrupted again, saying, 'Oh, God, please help me. Brian, shut the fuck up about worrying about stuff,'" the indictment states. "'Listen to me ... I was just getting to the solution to your fucking worries. ... I've already told you three times, quit bringing up negative shit, because I'm fixing it to put it all positive, okay?' Williams added, 'I don't give a damn if you're the biggest heroin dealer in the fucking United States.'" (Ellipses in indictment.)

When Williams was asked how to respond if his customer was asked about receiving polygraph training, he allegedly responded: "Look at them with an astounded look on your face ... reverse it on him."

Williams' attorney, Chris H. Eulberg of Oklahoma City, could not be reached for comment Friday evening.

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