Man accused of posing as CPA indicted for allegedly withholding sales tax

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:30pm
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Charles Bright

A man warned and disciplined by the state multiple times for falsely posing as a certified public accountant now faces criminal charges for filing false tax documents.

Charles Bright, 54, is charged with 38 counts of tax obstruction after allegedly withholding state sales tax for nearly three years while working for Seven Mares Restaurant in South Nashville. Bright allegedly pocketed more than $60,000 of the withheld taxes and is charged with the highest level of felony theft.

A Davidson County grand jury returned the indictment against Bright last week. He was booked into jail Monday where he is being held on $200,000 bond.

Bright was disciplined by the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy in 2008 after he repeatedly listed himself as a CPA on state tax forms and misrepresented his education to clients. Bright filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in federal court in 2007, according to court documents.