A 57-year-old Florida man was arrested on Monday for perjury and falsifying his background while serving as an expert witness on criminal court cases.
Chester Kwitowski was taken into custody and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail but was released on a $25,000 cash bond, according to a Polk Sheriff’s Office news release.
Kwitowski is accused of lying about having secret and top-secret security clearances, serving in the Air Force as an officer, possessing multiple computer forensics certifications from different software companies, and a master’s degree in computer science and engineering.
According to the Ledger, he testified as having these qualifications while serving as an expert witness for the defense during five trials and depositions — all involving sexual battery on a minor and/or possession of child pornography.
Polk County Sherriff Grady Judd said in a statement, “Simply put, Kwitowski has been lying under oath.”
Kwitowski was arrested after Sheriff’s Office detectives, working with the State Attorney’s Office, determined he lied about having all of those qualifications.
His LinkedIn account states he worked at MacDill Air Force base as a system analyst from 1982 to 1988, but does not mention military service or any college degrees.
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