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.
- Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
- Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
- Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Section (FVS)
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
- Capital District Women's Bar Association (CDWBA)
- Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District (CDACD)
- 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
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.