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.”