Charles Landers, unlicensed engineer for constructing engineers forged his partner Henry Wilson’s signature and used his professional seal on at least 40 documents. The falsified documents certified to the Anchorage City Health Department that local septic systems met all city waste water disposal regulations. No violations of standards except for the forgery and misuse of the seal were reported. The circuit judge Michael Wolverton in his judgment banned Landers for one year from practicing as an engineer’s assistant. Furthermore, he sentenced him to 20 days in jail, 160 hours of community service, $4000 in fines and a year on probation. The judge cited that Landers’ actions constituted a breach of public trust as the public relies on the word of professional engineers to ensure the safety of systems (Harris, Pritchard and Rabins 282-283).
Ethically important elements in the case The first important element is that of forgery of signatures and unauthorized use of an engineer’s seal. This is not only wrong in engineering but also in other professions where specialized professionals are required to provide their expertise on an issue. ...