Patrick Murphy Is Not A CPA In Florida

Murphy never worked a day in his life as a CPA.

CBS Miami: Murphy “has never worked a day in his life as a Certified Public Accountant.” “For instance, he has never worked a day in his life as a Certified Public Accountant. … And he was never a small business owner. Yet despite working in Miami, Murphy has never held a CPA license in the state of Florida. … So when Murphy said in 2012, “I got my CPA license and I spent years going to numerous Fortune 500 companies,” the truth is he only spent at most eight months – and not years – with Deloitte & Touche holding a CPA license valid only in Colorado, a state where Murphy has never lived or worked.” (Jim DeFede, “The Making Of Patrick Murphy,” CBS4 Miami, 6/22/16)

NBC Orlando Fact Check: “Under Florida law, to work as a ‘certified public accountant’ means you hold a license to practice public accounting in this state.” GREG FOX: “The ad says ‘he never worked a day in his life as a CPA’ and the truth meter rings mostly true on that claim. Under Florida law, to work as a ‘certified public accountant’ means you hold a license to practice public accounting in this state. Murphy worked as an auditor at Deloitte in Miami and, nine months after getting his Colorado CPA license, he left the firm.” (WESH, 9/12/16)

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A letter from the Florida Board of Accountancy proves Murphy could not practice accounting in the State of Florida.

The Board of Accountancy found “no record of ‘Patrick Erin Murphy’ being licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida.

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According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, “performing accounting work other than simple tax returns in Florida without a Florida CPA license would be highly unusual, even illegal in some cases.” “It’s common practice for the major accounting firms to hire people without them having passed the CPA exam, allowing them to assist CPAs until they pass the exam themselves, according to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. But performing accounting work other than simple tax returns in Florida without a Florida CPA license would be highly unusual, even illegal in some cases.” (Dan Sweeney, “Murphy Worked As CPA In Florida, Says Former Supervisor,” Sun Sentinel, 6/24/16)

Murphy’s campaign refused to say how Murphy could have possibly worked as a CPA with a Colorado license.

Politico: “Among the questions the Murphy campaign left unanswered is how he was authorized to work as a CPA in Florida if he’s licensed in Colorado.” “Similarly, when Murphy applied for his CPA in Colorado, the education requirements were lower there than Florida, only requiring 120 semester credits. Murphy’s application showed he had 130 semester credits from the University of Miami. Colorado’s standard has since changed to require 150 semester credits, similar to Florida’s 150 semester credit requirement. … Among the questions the Murphy campaign left unanswered is how he was authorized to work as a CPA in Florida if he’s licensed in Colorado.” (Daniel Ducassi, “Patrick Murphy Overstated Length Of CPA Experience,” Politico, 6/6/16)

Note: Colorado is a state “where Murphy has never lived or worked.” (Jim DeFede, “The Making Of Patrick Murphy,” CBS4 Miami, 6/22/16)

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