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Daniel R.Sullivan, B.S., M.P.A.  (Of Counsel)

Mr. Sullivan served twenty-five years with the Los Angeles Police Department, as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Commander and Deputy Chief retiring as  Commanding Officer of all LAPD personnel in the San Fernando valley, an area of 1.3 million population and 222 square miles. He was the Program Manager for the Development of the City of Los Angeles Emergency Command Control Communication System.  After retiring from the LAPD, Mr. Sullivan Served as Vice President of Operations for an international security company specializing in kidnap for ransom cases.

Mr. Sullivan is the author of two books on the subjects of criminal investigation and homicide investigation and is a nationally recognized expert on law enforcement and security issues. He has qualified as an expert in Superior and Federal courts on law enforcement and facility security issues on over one hundred occasions. After September 11, 2001, Mr. Sullivan served the United States government as Program Manager for the Border Security Program along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.

Mr. Sullivan holds a lifetime teaching credential and presently teaches at the College of the Desert Public Safety Academy.

Stephen Rybar

Mr. Rybar maintains twenty-seven years of investigative experience.  Mr. Rybar served twelve years as a Special Agent of the FBI in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Las Vegas. He received special training in fraud investigation, crisis and stress management and undercover techniques. He consequently specialized in the investigation of bank fraud, advance-fee cases, white-collar crime, bank robbery and theft.

In addition, he served as an FBI relief supervisor and assisted in the creation and organization of surveillance and undercover operations. He has received many letters of commendation for his outstanding FBI achievements.

Mr. Rybar's previous experience includes two years as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army and production management with the United States Steel Corporation. While serving with military intelligence, he was responsible for all areas of security for highly classified materials, with special emphasis on communications security.  Mr. Rybar has a BA in Business Administration from Kent State University.

Joseph A. Gunn

Mr. Gunn served twenty years with the Los Angeles Police Department, retiring at the rank of Commander, responsible for all Detective operations in the Western part of Los Angeles, including Hollywood, and the Los Angeles International Airport. Mr. Gunn is a recognized expert in managing sensitive and complex projects involving high profile personalities in the entertainment industry and issues involving state and local political figures.  Mr. Gunn is an expert in use of force, narcotics, vice, pursuits, management issues and commercial security issues.

George Franco (Nevada PI License #: 724 / 724A)

Mr. Franco served Bank of America for ten years as Assistant Vice president responsible for the BankCard Risk Management Division. In this capacity, Mr. Franco was responsible for the Due Diligence investigation of all prospective VISA/Mastercard merchants and for the investigation of all credit card fraud cases involving VISA/Mastercard merchants. Mr Franco was a member of both the VISA and Mastercard International Steering Committees, which governed all rules/bylaws for credit card transactions. Mr. Franco is an expert in credit card fraud.

Prior to joining Investigative Services Corporation, Mr. Franco served for two years as west coast director of an international investigation firm specializing in intellectual property and copyright infringement investigations.  In this capacity, Mr. Franco successfully investigated cases for Rolex, Walt Disney, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Warner Bros. resulting in significant savings for each client as well as eliminating substantial fraud in the west coast region.

After serving as the West Coast Director, Mr. Franco became the chief investigator for ISC in 1991.  Since joining ISC, Mr. Franco continues to successfully represent numerous high profile and celebrity clients and has been requested as a consultant/producer for various investigative television shows.  Mr. Franco spearheaded the investigation for the largest criminal case involving GHB and Ecstasy. Prior to the current phenomenon of paparazzi, Mr. Franco was retained as the lead investigator for the original tabloid/gossip news shows such as: Hard Copy, Inside Edition and American Journal.  Mr. Franco is a multi-lingual expert in covert investigations and has testified in court as an expert on numerous occasions.  Mr. Franco is also highly regarded as being proficient and exceptionally skilled in both surveillance and undercover operations by his peers.  In addition to the many areas of expertise, Mr. Franco also personally maintains a Nevada Private Investigator License (ASPS), a California Process Server License and a Los Angeles County Bar Associate member license.  Currently, Mr. Franco is the President and CEO of the firm.

Maurice Pearson, B.S., (C.F.E.)

Mr. Pearson served for twelve years as a Special Agent of the FBI. He is an expert in financial fraud investigation and has participated in numerous high profile cases involving failed savings and loan institutions. Mr. Pearson, a Certified Fraud Examiner, holds a BS in Accounting and has testified as an expert in State and Federal courts as an expert in white collar crime issues.

Mr. Pearson was responsible for anti-smuggling security at all ports in the Republic of Vietnam while serving as a Special Agent, Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Army. Mr. Pearson has received six personal commendations for his achievements in highly publicized cases during his tenure with the FBI.

Harry Garcia

Mr. Garcia has more than thirty years of public and private sector experience, with extensive knowledge in a broad range of investigative matters such as: money laundering; financial crimes; corporate frauds; mortgage lender fraud; law-enforcement corruption; brand protection; fact-gathering interviews & evidence gathering; forensic audits; kidnaps of U.S. citizens abroad; risk mitigation and compliance assessments.  Mr. Garcia held diplomatic positions with the FBI in Bogota and Mexico City. Mr. Garcia represented the FBI at challenging interagency meetings and cross-training requiring sensitivity and diplomatic articulation of FBI positions. He has provided training to internal auditors and government officials in Mexico City and Bogota in the areas of interviewing techniques, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption.

As a consultant for corporate clients; law firms and global investigative firms, Mr. Garcia has successfully provided the following services: fraud consulting; forensic audits; due diligence investigations in the U.S., and throughout Latin America; brand protection consulting for U.S. auto maker in Mexico; risk mitigation assessments in Chile and Mexico; money laundering allegations review and delivery of expert opinions in support of testimony in a civil RICO case; compliance monitoring; clergy abuse investigation in South America; and risk advisory services in Egypt.

Ernie Cooper, CPA, CFF, CFE, JD

Mr. Cooper was a  Special Agent of the FBI for over twenty years.  Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Cooper had nine years of professional experience, encompassing the “Big Four” and local CPA work. Following his retirement from the FBI, Mr. Cooper held an executive position with KPMG, as Director of the Los Angeles forensic investigative practice.  Mr. Cooper’s thirty-plus years of experience also includes audit work and the management of complex financial fraud matters. His areas of expertise include investigations of white collar crime, money laundering, public corruption, government contract fraud, organized crime, financial institution fraud, and investigation of domestic and international narcotic organizations.

Mr. Cooper has performed inspections and audits for public agencies, private companies and government agencies. He has been involved with the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the Inspections Division and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Cooper also held executive management positions with the FBI and managed a major multi-agency task force involving sophisticated intelligence sharing and analysis at the local, state and federal levels.  As an executive manager with the FBI he interacted personally with all levels of staff, including Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs and other executive personnel.  Mr. Cooper has published, spoken, and provided training in forensic accounting and fraud investigations to corporate clients, law firms and internal audit groups. He has received multiple letters of commendation from various law enforcement agencies, including the Director of the FBI. Mr. Cooper has also been actively involved with mentoring programs for college accounting students.  

Sandy Palmer

Ms. Palmer has twenty-five years of experience in law enforcement with the Los Angeles Police Department encompassing experience in detectives, dignitary protection, narcotics, training, supervision and vice. Her expertise is in homicide, sexual assaults, child abuse and abduction, domestic violence, and sexual harassment in the workplace. While serving on the force, Ms. Palmer had fourteen years of supervisory experience as a senior case-carrying detective and detective coordinator. Ms. Palmer has extensive training and education from various courses at the Police Department, the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California, Administration of Justice courses at Los Angeles Valley College and East Los Angeles College.

Louis "Skip" George

Mr. George has thirty years experience in security management and law enforcement.  He was employed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for twenty-five years  as supervisory Special Agent.  Mr. George was also a Security Director Federal Reserve Bank - 12th District.  He has in-depth experience in state-of-the-art security systems, security surveys, technologies, and strategies for high profile institutions with thousands of employees and billions in assets.  Mr. George’s investigative background is in organized crime, white collar crime, fraud and money laundering.  He was the former President Chief Special Agents Association San Francisco, Board of Directors of RSA.  Previously, Mr. George was the President Retired Agents of the FBI - East Bay.  Mr. George also formerly sat on the Board of Directors of Infragard.  Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. George was enlisted in the  U.S. Army Infantry as an Officer, 5th Special Forces Group during Vietnam and engaged in Counter Insurgency Training.

Currently, Mr. George is the Western Regional Vice President for The Society of Former Agents of the FBI.

Charles R. Sherfey

Mr. Sherfey served with the US Army in Vietnam from 1968 through 1971.   Subsequently, Mr. Sherfey was commissioned as the Deputy Sheriff with the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office in Washington.   Concurrently, Mr. Sherfey also acted as the Chief of the Sudden Valley Community Police.  During this same time, Mr. Sherfey went on to graduate from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Academy in 1973.  Since 1987, Mr. Sherfey ventured into the private sector and obtained a Private Investigator License within Washington & the Western Region.

James K. Allen, B.S., M.S.  (In Memoriam)

Mr. Allen retired as the Commanding Officer [of the Detective Services Group] with citywide jurisdiction over all highly sensitive and complex investigations after twenty-five years of distinguished service with the Los Angeles Police Department. During his tenure with the LAPD, Mr. Allen 's responsibilities included line command over the LAPD Automation and Communications Group, responsible for all automated information and radio communications systems, in the LAPD.

He held a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Management and a Masters degree in Communications from Pepperdine University. After leaving the LAPD, Mr. Allen fulfilled a contract as Chief of Police of the City of Los Angeles Housing Authority and had served as a consultant on many projects including an audit of facility and procedures security of the California State Lottery.

Corki Rochlitz  (In Memoriam)

Ms. Rochlitz was a Private Investigator immediately following her retirement from the Los Angeles Police Department. She served twenty-one years with the Department, with eighteen years of service as a detective. Her expertise was in the following areas of investigation: Civil Litigation, Personnel Backgrounds, Forgery, Trademark and Copyright matters, Surveillance, Undercover Operations, Airline Security, Personal Security, Intelligence, and Accident Investigations. Other LAPD Officers have described her as, "An expert in her field! She was dedicated and enthusiastic about all of her cases, a very well-rounded investigator."

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