No future in polygraph-beating business
A Marion man is facing an eight-month prison term after pleading guilty to charges related to his business – teaching applicants how to beat a lie detector test.
Chad Dixon, 34, was sentenced last week on charges of fraud and obstructing a government proceeding.
Through his business, Polygraph Consultants of America, he taught clients, including applicants to be federal border guards, and he was good at his trade.
Dixon’s lawyer, Nina Ginsberg, said teaching people how to lie on a polygraph was protected by the First Amendment, arguing that his only crime was explicitly advising prospective federal employees they should lie about having received his training.
In prosecuting Dixon, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Phillips said teaching someone to trick a lie detector, when the instructor knows that the client intends to foil a federally administered exam, is a federal crime. Dixon’s clients included convicted sex offenders.
Mr. Dixon chose to enrich himself by teaching others how to convincingly lie, cheat and steal, Phillips said.
It was a lucrative endeavor, as well. The Little League coach earned $1,000 a day in training between 70 and 100 people.