About Wickes Forensic Accounting & Consulting

We feel that our clients deserve to be treated as we would want to be treated; that their matters receive timely attention and the quality of work must be great.  We always start each project making sure we are on the same page as our clients (and their attorneys or other representatives) in regards to the scope of work and use of our work product.

This includes whether or not our services will be of a consulting nature or if a matter is, instead, intended to be litigated, which may require our retention as expert witnesses.  Since each matter is unique, our approach and plan for completing the engagement is tailored accordingly.  Particularly in fraud and other forensic accounting investigations, we always recommend taking bite size chomps at the apple.  This allows us to regroup at appropriate points in the engagement to reassess what we now know as a result of our analysis to determine how and if we should proceed.  The cost / benefit discussions we have with clients set us apart from others in the industry.

Professional Affiliations

Our experts are members of various professional organizations and bar associations, which help us stay apprised of legal and technical topics relevant in our practice.

Following are some of the professionals that provide services with Wickes Forensic Accounting & Consulting…

Pamela D. Wickes, CPA, CFE, CFF, ABV

Founder and Principal

Pamela Wickes has nearly 25 years of diversified experience in the areas of private and public accounting, various fraud and forensic accounting investigations, internal control consulting, asset tracing, commercial and individual economic damages/losses, family law related services, business valuations, and other litigation support services. She provides consulting and expert witness services, including testimony, to assist attorneys and clients prior to and throughout lawsuits, as well as during settlement negotiations.  Pam has testified as an expert in New York State Supreme Courts and Albany County Family Court.  She has also been deposed for cases in United States District Court for the Northern District of New York and the State of New York Supreme Court, County of Albany – Commercial Division.

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 completed the training and is qualified to be retained as the Financial Professional on collaborative divorce teams. Pam holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the State University of NY at Oswego and is a graduate of FBI Albany Division, Citizens Academy.

Pam has presented continuing education seminars sponsored by the Albany County Bar Association, the Albany Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Clear Law Institute, 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. Pam was also quoted in the ACFE’s Fraud Magazine, November/December 2013 issue.

Pam is a member of several professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), National Association of Forensic Economists (NAFE), and the AICPA’s Forensic and Valuation Services Section, as well as the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District.  She is the immediate past-president of Albany Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  Pam is the  recipient of the “Distinguished Non-Attorney Member Award” from the Capital District Women’s Bar Association and the “Forty Under 40” recognition by the Albany Business Review.  Last but not least, when she takes time away from business and raising three kids, Pam enjoys football Sundays, riding on her husband’s motorcycle, and beach vacations.

Timothy Pacheco

Forensic Accountant

Timothy Pacheco holds a Master of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in accounting and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting, magna cum laude, from Alfred University, AACSB accredited.  He joined WFAC during July 2019 and was previously a Senior Auditor at a regional public accounting firm.  As a member of that firm’s healthcare & tax-exempt entities audit group, Tim audited organizations that received funding from various New York State agencies (DOH, OPWDD, OMH, and SED). In addition, Tim has also performed audits of commercial entities, employee benefit plans, federally qualified health centers, and yellow book audits under uniform guidance for government and non-profit entities.

Tim is a qualified CPA candidate who is in the process of completing the examination process.  He is a recipient of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Outstanding Accounting Student Award and the PROMISE award for exceeding goals and adhering to core values and vision of that employer.  Mr. Pacheco was also on the Empire 8 Presidential List | Dean’s List for all semesters.  Tim enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, which includes working out and playing competitive basketball.

Danielle Arpey, CPA

Forensic Accountant

Danielle Arpey joined WFAC in August 2020. Danielle is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in New York State.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.  Danielle is in the process of attaining the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Prior to joining the team, Danielle was a Senior Auditor at a regional public accounting firm. During her four years as an auditor, she led and performed audits, reviews, and compilations of commercial entities and employee benefit plans. Danielle’s experience adds value during financial investigations and forensic matters.

Danielle enjoys traveling, staying active, and spending time with family and friends.

Melissa Young

Forensic Accountant

Melissa Young has over 15 years of professional experience.  She graduated with a combined Bachelors/Masters of Science in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, from The College of St. Rose in December 2005.

Melissa joined Wickes Forensic Accounting and Consulting, LLC in January 2019 after retiring from New York State.  She worked for the New York State Local Retirement System for 10 years where her focus was tax related, including international taxes.  During the six years prior, Melissa was part of a forensic accounting team at a regional public accounting firm.  The services she provided were concentrated in economic and financial analysis, which included determination of lost earnings for self-employed individuals for no-fault insurance matters and financial losses resulting from loss of use and business interruption.  Also, Melissa was an adjunct college instructor of accounting for the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

Melissa is excited to be working again in the forensic accounting field.  She loves spending time with her family and friends and has a wide variety of interests, including traveling, cooking/baking, gardening, and exercising.