Scott McCarty, chief financial officer for Surprise and a former candidate for the city manager post there, said last week he has wrongfully identified himself as a certified public accountant while working for Surprise and the city of Scottsdale.

McCarty sent a letter to the State Board of Accountancy that he used the title five times in his official capacity after his CPA license was suspended in October 2003 for non-registration. The license expired in 2004.

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