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Forensic Accounting
with a personal touch



For 20 years Pam has provided diversified accounting services, which, since 2004, have been focused in a wide variety of forensic accounting matters. Meet the Forensic Lady, Pamela Wickes, CPA, CFE, CFF, ABV.

About the Forensic Lady


I feel that my clients deserve to be treated as I would want to be treated; that their matters receive timely attention and the quality of work must be great. I always start each project making sure my client’s team and I are on the same page.

This includes whether or not my services will be of a consulting nature or if a matter is instead intended to be litigated, which may require my retention as an expert witness. Since each matter is unique, my approach and plan for completing the engagement is tailored accordingly.


Particularly in fraud and other forensic accounting investigations, I always recommend taking bite size chomps at the apple. This allows us to regroup at appropriate points in the process to reassess what we now know to determine how and if we should proceed.


Contact Pamela Wickes

  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
  • Albany Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, President
  • Capital District Women’s Bar Association’s “Distinguished Non-Attorney Member Award” Winner, 2014
  • Business Review “Forty Under 40” Winner, 2014
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Albany Division’s Citizens Academy Alumni, 2010


Services Offered:



Forensic Accounting

Forensic Accounting

Forensic accounting involves the application of fundamental accounting and forensic knowledge, as well as specialized skills applied in a variety of service areas, including bankruptcy; family law; fraud prevention, detection and response; stakeholder disputes; damages calculations and litigation support. The nature of forensic accounting engagements varies widely and can range from investigating alleged unreported income, to preparing or critiquing fidelity and crime insurance claims, to calculating damages from lost profits due to breach of a contract.
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Consulting

Consulting

While “Forensic” means used in or suitable for court, companies and individuals who need to have a matter investigated, but who wish to stay out of court, can retain the Firm to provide forensic accounting services on a consulting basis. Examples of other consulting services include internal controls recommendations (fraud prevention), investigating the factors leading to insolvency, providing fraud prevention and detection training, and various operational assessments for business segments / programs within an organization.
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Collaborative Divorce Financial Services

Collaborative Divorce Financial Services

Collaborative Divorce is an alternative dispute resolution method in Family Law where the couple commits to a negotiated outcome rather than litigation. In the collaborative divorce model, the Financial Professional plays an important neutral role in that they help the couple make informed financial decisions during the process of negotiating a mutually acceptable settlement agreement.
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Litigation Support

Litigation Support

If you have a legal action that requires a forensic accountant, there are several ways a forensic accountant can provide litigation support services beyond the main scope of the assignment, such as identifying financial issues early on; streamlining the discovery process; assisting the legal team with drafting questions for interrogatories, depositions, and direct and cross examination; reviewing/critiquing opposing expert reports; and assisting with settlement negotiations.
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Pamela D. Wickes

CPA, CFE, CFF, ABV


Pam is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV). Pam has also completed the collaborative training necessary to be retained as the Financial Professional on collaborative divorce teams.

Pam has 20 years of diversified experience in the areas of private and public accounting, fraud prevention and detection, fraud and other financial investigations, asset and transaction tracing, calculations of economic damages, matrimonial / family law related services, certain insurance claims, various other forensic accounting engagements, business valuations, and other litigation support services. While she works with legal teams providing expert witness services to individuals, companies, not-for-profits, and governments, she also enjoys working with clients and the opposing legal and expert teams to help negotiate settlements and provides services to clients on a consulting basis as well.

She provides consulting and expert witness services, including testimony, to assist attorneys, family professionals, financial professionals, and clients prior to and throughout lawsuits, as well as during settlement negotiations.

Pam employs the fundamental accounting, auditing and tax knowledge attained during the years she provided traditional public accounting services in each new forensic accounting and consulting engagement. This strong accounting base coupled with specialized forensic training and experience make Pam able to effectively and efficiently complete the non-traditional accounting engagements she enjoys servicing. Following is a small sample of the wide variety of forensic accounting and consulting engagements Pam has worked on during the last 10+ years:

  • fraud examination, including collusion, employee embezzlement and corporate financial statement fraud, for fidelity and crime insurance claims and prosecution
  • tracing of assets and financial transactions for classification of assets and search for hidden assets in matrimonial matters, as well as for fraud examinations
  • forensic investigation of the accounting books and records related to the calculation of earn out payments pursuant to a post-acquisition dispute
  • calculation of economic damages for loss of profits and/or earnings claims related to fraud, breach of contract and fiduciary duties
  • review and analysis of a contractor’s billings and costs on a job pursuant to the owner’s right to audit in the construction contract and for other construction related disputes
  • forensic investigation of factors leading to insolvency
  • cost/benefit, profitability, and efficiency analysis for programs and business units
  • forensic investigation of nominal and beneficial ownership, investments in, entitlements to, and control of a family business pursuant to a matrimonial matter
  • lifestyle analysis for matrimonial matters
  • investigation of non-business expenses paid by an organization pursuant to matrimonial, shareholder dispute and fraud matters
  • investigation of alleged structuring of deposits related to Cash Transaction Reports (CTRs)
  • investigation of alleged unreported income in matrimonial matters and shareholder disputes

Pam has presented continuing education seminars sponsored by the Albany County Bar Association, the Albany Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Practicing Law Institute, North Carolina Association of CPAs, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), as well as seminars to other audiences, including colleges. The topics of her lectures and articles include accounting, financial statements, forensic accounting and related legal issues, matrimonial matters, money laundering, business valuation, collusion, employee embezzlement, and fraud prevention and detection.

On a lighter note, Pam enjoys watching her kids play sports. When she can find time, Pam partakes in "football Sundays" with her husband; Packers are her favorite team. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Pam Captained a team of riders from the Capital District Women's Bar Association in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure event and she finds riding her bicycle peaceful and energizing.