It might sound funny, but the CEO of Look Communications, Canadian Gerald McGoey, was not amused when he found out that the signed documents he presented were written in a modern font, which did not date from 1995 as he claimed. Here is the entire story.
Modern and Old Fonts in Microsoft Documents
Not everyone is an ace in Microsoft Docs. McGoey’s documents used a modern font which became available to the public in 2007. However, the documents he presented were from 2004 and 1995!
McGoey was the Look Communications CEO when the company collapsed, and he was bankrupt. After it was liquidated, he had to repay the creditors $5.6 million. But he claimed that his assets – the houses – were held in trust by the wife and their three children, so they were out of the courts’ reach. He had to prove this through signed acts, but the typefaces used in the documents he showed did not exist at the time of the supposed creation of those documents.
One of the documents – the one dated 1995, used the Cambria font and the other document – dated in 2004, used Calibri font. Cambria was designed in 2004 and Calibri between 2002 and 2004. Neither of them became widely used until 2007 when they were released with Windows Vista and Office 2007.
Office 2007 included seven types of fonts with names that began with ‘C’ – which were used for ClearType antialiasing. That was when Microsoft changed the default Times New Roman font to Calibri. This is why the documents presented by McGoey couldn’t have been written before 2007.
Other People Getting Caught Using C Fonts “Before” Being Designed
But let’s give him a break – he isn’t the only one caught forging documents. In 2017, the daughter of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presented a signed document to justify the fortune Sharif gathered in time. It was dated to 2006, but Calibri font caught them red-handed!
Back in 2012, the Turkish government wanted to prove that about 300 people were involved in a coup attempt. The document used as proof was written in C fonts and Calibri but were dated to 2003. Nonetheless, even though proved in court, the defendants were still found guilty.
Rex Austinwas born and raised in Thunder Bay Ontario on the shores of Lake Superior. Apart from running his own podcast (Ice Fishing And Other “Cool” Things), he spends his time canoeing and backpacking in Northern Ontario.. As a journalist Rex has published stories for Global News (Thunder Bay) we well as Buzz Feed and Joystiq. As a contributor to Great Lakes Ledger, Rex most covers science and health stories. Contact Rexhere