Director of Tax and Financial Advisory • U.S.A.

John Samore III is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of California, and Certified Fraud Examiner. Mr. Samore has both a B.S. in Accounting and MBA from the University of Southern California. Mr. Samore also held various leadership positions with the California Society of CPAs, including President of the Los Angeles Chapter.


Mr. Samore is a former Special Agent with both the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation division, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General. During his time as a Special Agent, John conducted criminal investigations involving tax fraud, financial crimes and investments fraud including Ponzi schemes, Medicare fraud, money laundering, political corruption, and identity theft. John served on the multi-agency Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force consisting of personnel from the FBI, Secret Service, IRS-CI, HSI (Formerly ICE), HHS-OIG, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department and the Glendale, Los Angeles, and Burbank police departments.


Mr. Samore also has a vast accounting and consulting background and has spent time within the Forensic and Litigation practice of a “Big 4” firm and various industry positions involving financial reporting, compliance, policies and procedures, and other accounting/ finance roles.


Director of Litigation Support • U.S.A.

Shanon Mast brings over 25 years professional experience from the legal and financial fields, including 14 years in federal law enforcement and investigations. She has held positions in the private sector as Contracts and Tax Manager, Finance Coordinator, Paralegal, and Consultant.  Ms. Mast further served the U.S. Government as a Special Agent with the Departments of Treasury (IRS Criminal Investigation) and of Homeland Security Investigations.


Ms. Mast earned Bachelor’s Degrees in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.  Thereafter, she pursued post baccalaureate studies at University of San Diego, graduating with Honors from the A.B.A. accredited Lawyer’s Assistant Program and receiving Paralegal certificate.


During her career as a Special Agent, Ms. Mast has been relied upon for expertise in Tax, Public Corruption, Major Frauds, Complex Conspiracies, Money Laundering, and Asset Forfeiture.  She completed numerous advanced training programs presented by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), U.S. Attorney’s Office Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS), Treasury Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture (TEOAF), Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), and Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), as well as by other federal, state, local and private agencies.Working jointly together, in cooperation with other investigative and enforcement agencies, Ms. Mast’s specialty work-group assignments include Project Green Quest, JTTF, BEST (Border Enforcement Security Task Force), and the Drug Enforcement Administration led Los Angeles HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) and Arizona OCDETF Strike Force.  She performed key leadership roles in collateral duties as Public Information Officer, new-hire Mentor and Training Officer, course training Facilitator and Instructor, and Acting Supervisory Special Agent.


In addition to Ms. Mast’s Special Agent responsibilities, she has been an active member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) since 2001.  Ms. Mast served over 11 years in elected positions as the Los Angeles Chapter 25 Secretary/Treasurer and on the professional organization’s Executive Board as National Awards Director.The combination of her strong educational background and specific experiences makes Ms. Mast an ideal addition to the Potter & Co. as Director of our Litigation Support Division.


Special Activities Division • Los Angeles • U.S.A.

Mr. Rico began his 31 year career in Law Enforcement, in 1982 with the Los Angeles Police Department. Mr. Rico systematically advanced through the department from a field officer to qualifying for the LAPD’s highly regarded Metro Division S.W.A.T. Team. As a SWAT Operator Mr. Rico was exposed to advanced training which included crime suppression, hostage situations, dignitary protection, special operations and rapid deployment. After several years as a SWAT operator, Mr. Rico was promoted to Detective I, and assigned to Northeast Area Detectives Division where he specialized in Burglary. This brief assignment earned him a position with the LAPD Major Crimes Division. Mr. Rico began using his specialized training in surveillance and intelligence gathering and in a very short instance, Mr. Rico was advanced to Detective II of the Robbery / Homicide Division and assigned to SIS (Special Investigation Section.) Mr. Rico has spent over the last 10 years using his skills in this highly specialized and coveted tactical surveillance and apprehension unit upon his retirement in 2013.


Protection Detail Leader • Los Angeles • U.S.A.

Mr Hart began his Law Enforcement Career in 1983 with the Monrovia Police Department in Los Angeles County for 2 1/2 years working patrol division. In 1985 he joined the Los Angeles Police Department working numerous divisions such as West LA, 77th Street, Operations South Bureau Crash targeting hardcore gang members in South Los Angeles and Newton Div. In 1991 Mr. Hart was selected for the highly regarded Metropolitan Division where he was assigned to C Platoon and did crime suppression, dignitary protection including POTUS and heads of state, handled civil unrest, crowd control, training the department in (IARD) Immediate Action Rapid Deployment when encountering an active shooter, and officer down & citizen down rescue.


In 1993 Mr Hart was selected for the coveted position of SWAT Team Member where he is still active, he developed the Defensive Tactics Unit, a skilled group of operators who deal with aggressive combative suspects who refuse arrest, he is also trained in (HRT) hostage rescue, high risk search warrants services, crisis negotiations, suicide intervention, narcotics security (large seizures, transportation/ close proximity security), destruction of evidence (large quantities of narcotics/ weapons), foreign site surveys, site surveys (high risk locations), and training department entities. He has been a sniper and is currently rear guard (first operator in) for his platoon, D Squad. Mr Hart is an Martial Artist and is an Inductee into the Masters Hall of Fame 2004, USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2010, and Instructor of the year US Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2012. Mr Hart retired from LAPD in 2016


Special Activities Division • Los Angeles • U.S.A.

Mr. Padin joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1995 and was assigned to patrol functions right out of the academy patrolling the greater south central Los Angeles area.  In 1997 Mr. Padin was assigned to Narcotics Division Section as an undercover field officer putting him in direct contact with drug dealers and gang members who were engaged in distributing and transportation of narcotics.  His assignments allowed him to conduct undercover controlled narcotic buys, surveillance of suspects and ultimately to author and serve narcotics search and arrest warrants.


On September 11, 2001 after the World Trade Center attacks Mr. Padin was transferred to Anti Terrorist Division Surveillance Section. His duties were to work with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security gathering intelligence, utilizing surveillances techniques on potential terrorist suspects and their associates.  In January of 2007 Mr. Padin was promoted to Detective and assigned to robbery and burglary investigation division. His job not only allowed him to investigate said crimes but also prepare the cases for the District Attorneys Office for filing considerations.


In May of 2009 Mr. Padin was assigned to the Eurasian Organized Crime Task as a cross-designated federal task force officer working with the FBI, Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service. He received (TS/SCI) top-secret security clearance from the FBI which allowed him to work closely with FBI counter parts in dealing with classified information. His duties were to gather intelligence on organized crime groups’ criminal street gangs and prison gangs. During his tenure with the task force as an Investigator his duties also included providing surveillance training to all the members assigned to the task force and loanees. 


On February 2011 Mr. Padin returned to LAPD's Major Crimes Division Organized Crime Section assigned to investigations of organized crime groups. Where he currently continues to provide surveillance training to LAPD, FBI, and other local police departments.


Director of Investigative Support • New York • U.S.A.

Det. Caralus began his law enforcement career with the New York City Police Department in 1985. Assigned to the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx. Det. Caralyus carried out his duty as a foot patrol officer during the end of the most violent years in the Bronx. He took his street knowledge and investigative ethic to the Village of Elmsford in Westchester County where he has been a detective for the past twenty years.


Det. Caralyus imparts both a superior investigative element as well as sound judgement to all strategic operations. Mr. Caralyus is Certified in Intellectual Property investigations by Interpol. Certified Under Cover and a member of JTTF New York Westchester. Det. Caralyus has served as President of the PBA, Affliated Law Enforcement and the 100 Club of Westchester County and presently sits a board member of the Detectives Association.


Special Activites Division • Dallas TX • U.S.A.

Mr. Santiago comes to Potter & Co with a host of accomplishments in his more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. A retired NYPD Detective, Mr Santiago finished his career in one of the highest regarded units in the New York City Police Department: Intelligence Bureau. Mr. Santiago is recognized for professionalism, commitment to excellence, demonstrated ability to communicate and work with executive management. Lead and direct investigations, develop, implement security operations, manage security awareness and risk/vulnerability assessments. Provided Dignitary Protection for 4 years to President/Vice President of the US, First Lady and family, US Secretary of State, Heads of State Prime Ministers and foreign minister.

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