Charlotte Avenue store owner faces charges of sales tax evasion

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 4:44pm
Staff reports

Agents with the Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue arrested Nashville market owner, Christopher E. Mulwa, 55, Tuesday morning on charges of sales tax evasion and property theft.

Mulwa, who owns the C.M. Discount Store at 3709 Charlotte Ave., was arrested for allegedly withholding $13,416 in sales tax from January 2010 through December 2010, according to a release from the department.

A Davidson County Grand Jury indicted Mulwa last week on four felony counts of sales tax evasion and one felony count of theft of property in excess of $10,000.

If convicted, Mulwa could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison and fined up to $3,000 for each count of sales tax evasion and a maximum of six years in prison and fined up to $10,000 for theft of property.

“I believe that this investigation will serve as a reminder that retailers are not entitled to use or keep sales tax monies,” said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. “Consumers who pay the tax deserve to know that the money will be used by the state and local governments for the common good.”

5 Comments on this post:

By: concretemike on 12/20/11 at 4:09

Why was he left alone for a year? I run a mowing business and pay my taxes quarterly like I am supposed to.

From the Tennessee Website:

Due Dates. The tax is due annually. Estimated taxes are due the 15th day of the fourth, sixth and ninth months of the firm's fiscal year, and the first month of succeeding year.

The guy didn't pay for the entire year of 2010 and you arrest him in December 2011? I wonder how many other businesses taxes are overdue with agressive enforcement like this.........

By: Rasputin72 on 12/20/11 at 5:41

Concrete.......I think he is a minority. If that is true he gets advantages that you do not get.

By: justbntwan70 on 12/20/11 at 9:11

Damn, I patronize this store,Nice enough guy. Hope he can work through his troubles. Will be praying for him.

By: govskeptic on 12/21/11 at 7:15

I would prefer prayers for those trying to do the right thing versus those
that rip off the state and keep customers money for their own use!

By: breadtrk on 12/22/11 at 6:29

They waited a year so that it would amount to over 10 grand so they could add on the theft of property felony. That my friends are you tax dollars at work. Instead of confronting him in the first quarter and working something out with him they intentionally let it build so that they would have a better chance of shutting him and his crack pipe selling ass down for good.