038: Billy Petty – From Law Enforcement to Public Accounting

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Billy Petty

Billy Petty from Heyman & Associates in Austin, Texas, joined us for this week’s episode of Life In Accounting: The Where Accountants Go podcast.

Part 2!

If you haven’t listened to episode #037, you may want to go back and hear that as well. Billy is one of the expert consultants on Michele Heyman’s team, our guest from the last episode.
Billy spent over 20 years in various law enforcement roles including working in the Austin Police Department and for the Sheriff’s office. At one point he decided he would apply for a promotion, and that effort took him into the financial crimes area and then later into the white-collar crimes department.

Networking works!

While attending an educational conference for Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE), he met Michele Heyman and they discussed the possibility of him coming on board with Heyman & Associates. A couple years later when he was approaching retirement from the police force, he decided to take Michele up on the offer to join their firm.

All I can say is Wow!

Billy discusses some really interesting cases from both his time in forensic accounting with Heyman as well as his time in the white-collar crimes unit. I won’t get into the details in this summary, but he goes into the stories on million-dollar-plus cases he has been involved in over the years. It’s definitely a very interesting interview.

Billy also discusses the different career options that are available to accountants in the forensic area as well as law enforcement, so make sure you stay tuned until the end. There are many, many more opportunities than I realized for sure.

I hope you enjoy this episode, and make sure you go back and listen to #037 with Michele Heyman as well. They really go hand-in-hand with regards to giving an overview of the forensic accounting field.
Have a great week! There’s more to come…

Mark Goldman CPA
President – Where Accountants Go

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