Senior Probation Officer - Florida Department of Corrections-Probation & Parole Special Agent - Federal Bureau of Investigation Investigator Specialist - Chicago Inspector General’s Office Investigator - Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General Lead Investigator - Cohen & Foster, P.A. Investigator - Todd Foster Law Group Document Examiner - Ray Green & Associates Private Investigator - Kalwary Investigations & Consulting Consultant - Due Diligence Consulting Private Investigator - DDC Investigations
Member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
Kim DeGroat is a licensed Private Investigator in Florida. Kim, a former FBI Agent, graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science with a minor in American Sign Language in 1997. She furthered her education at USF and obtained a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling in 2000. Kim began her career in the legal field in 1998 as a probation officer for the Salvation Army in Hillsborough County. She monitored misdemeanor offenders and guided them in completing the conditions imposed upon them by the Court. Kim also acted as a Court liaison, addressing violations of probation and assisting with the probation sentencing orders. In 1999, Kim transitioned into felony probation and worked as a Correctional Probation Officer, as well as Senior Probation Officer, for the Florida Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole. Kim utilized her education as a counselor to assist in the reintegration of felony offenders back into society as law abiding citizens. Kim’s experience as a probation officer and working with youthful offenders prompted her to return to school and pursue a second Master’s in Counseling Education at USF. Kim wanted to reach out to the youth before they offended with hopes that guidance and advocacy would lead them to a better path. Kim further took that passion for outreach and represented the Department of Corrections at career fairs and school presentations, such as the Great American Teach-in. Kim further acted as a liaison with the Tampa Police Department, participating in raids and arrests, as well as developing relationships with local law enforcement. Kim also assisted with supervising internships. It was during her tenure as a felony probation officer that Kim was introduced to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Her passion and determination offered her the opportunity to serve her country as one of law enforcement’s elite. In 2004, Kim joined the FBI as a Special Agent. Kim served with the FBI from 2004-2007. Although she was assigned to the New York Office, Kim completed a temporary duty assignment in Washington, D.C. Kim spent the majority of her FBI career working in Foreign Counter Intelligence, with Top Secret clearance, protecting the U.S. from the penetration of foreign powers. During her service, Kim honed her skills as an investigator and fostered relationships with the public, business community and other government agencies. While Kim was employed with the FBI, she was also active with community outreach and recruitment of future FBI Special Agents and support staff. In 2005, Kim was chosen as one of the faces for the FBI’s new advertising campaign. She also participated in the creation of a recruitment video for female special agents. With heavy heart, Kim resigned from the FBI in 2007 but took with her extensive knowledge and experience to continue her career as an investigator. In 2007, Kim joined the City of Chicago Inspector General’s Office as an investigator where she investigated criminal and administrative allegations against the City of Chicago departments and employees, as well as those doing business with the City. Her work and teamwork prompted multi-federal agency investigations. Within six (6) months, Kim was promoted to Investigator Specialist. Kim was also charged with the responsibility of managing the covert equipment within the office to include developing covert devices, wiring up informants, and downloading data to sharable media. In 2009, Kim expanded her experience and joined the State of Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General as an Investigator. She was tasked with investigating allegations of fraud and abuse against state agencies, state public universities, and state employees, as well as vendors doing business with the state. She evaluated state policies and procedures to identify areas susceptible to fraud and abuse. In 2010, Kim left Illinois and returned to Florida to be close to her family. It was then when she joined forces with the Barry A. Cohen Law Group, formerly known as Cohen, Foster & Romine, P.A. and Cohen & Foster, P.A., as a Lead Investigator for almost two years. Kim investigated and assisted in the development of complex criminal and civil cases, through a team approach, including analyzing evidence and formulating case theories, as well as assisting in trial preparation, mitigation and sentencing procedures. She later served as an in-house Investigator for the Todd Foster Law Group before becoming a full time Private Investigator. Kim has worked along side Kevin Kalwary, an award winning reporter and experienced investigator, as a Private Investigator with Kalwary Investigations and Consulting. She is currently working as a Private Investigator for DDC Investigations, as well as a Consultant for Due Diligence Consulting. Her service ethic and desire to work with people has always transpired through her work. Kim’s personality and approach allows her to cultivate relationships through interviews and outreach. Furthermore, her analytical nature and attention to detail have assisted with the pursuance and outcomes of administrative and criminal cases both state and federally. Kim is member of the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.