A Nashville business owner faces probation after attempting to conceal state taxes from purchases.
A charge of felony theft of more than $10,000 was pursued against Christopher Mulwa, owner of the C.M. Discount Store on Charlotte Avenue, after an investigation found he owed more than $13,000 to the Tennessee Department of Revenue.
Mulwa, 56, pleaded guilty to the charge on Monday in Davidson County Criminal Court. A judge sentenced him to five years of supervised probation and will have to pay full restitution to the state.
“This investigation serves as a reminder that retailers are not entitled to use or keep sales tax monies,” said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. “At all times these sales tax collections are property of our state and local governments and must be remitted to the state as required by law. Consumers who pay the tax deserve to know that the money will be used by the state and local governments for the common good.”
The state collected more than $2 billion in sales tax last year, according to the Revenue Department.