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3-year delay too long to allow prosecution for practicing on lapsed license

A delay of three years between the moment an investigator learned of an accounting firm's practice on a lapsed license and the state accountancy board's disciplinary action based on that unlicensed practice was too long to be reasonable, a Pennsylvania appellate court held April 16.

The license to practice accounting of James McCarthy's self-named firm lapsed from January 2014 to September 2015 before expiring that December. During that lapse, the firm performed an audit for a client before ceasing practice and the board eventually prosecuted this indiscretion in 2019, fining the firm $1,000 but deciding . . .

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