Manager at NC state crime lab quits after cheating on exam

A manager for the N.C. State Crime Laboratory resigned after he was caught copying answers from another employee for an annual proficiency exam.

Donald James Faggart was a forensic science manager supervising 15 employees at the Triad Regional Crime Laboratory in Greensboro. On May 14, State Crime Lab Director Joe John put Faggart on paid leave after learning of allegations that Faggart had copied answers on an annual proficiency test, according to a letter from John to Faggart.

Faggart’s answers to written questions were virtually identical to answers from another lab analyst, according to a letter from John. The test covered latent footwear, an area of forensic science that covers shoe prints.

Faggart was untruthful when first confronted with the allegations, according to a timeline released by the state Department of Justice.

Faggart resigned from the crime lab June 10, near the end of his paid leave.

On July 31, the crime lab sent a letter to the state’s 44 district attorneys telling them of Faggart’s departure. According to U.S. Supreme Court rulings, prosecutors must inform defense lawyers if a state’s witness has had prior problems with truthfulness.

Faggart had served as a manager for the past 10 years and had worked few cases during that period, according to the Department of Justice.

Faggart could not be reached for comment.