Embattled entrepreneur Brian Whitfield, whose Sommet Group collapsed last summer amid claims of massive financial irregularities, was in the custody of the Franklin Police Department last night on a charge of misdemeanor domestic assault.
A department representative told The City Paper that police had arrested Whitfield at his home around 8:30 Sunday night after his wife, Marsha Whitfield, made a complaint against him. The family lives on German Lane in Cool Springs.
The representative said domestic violence suspects normally must spend at least 12 hours in jail and that a magistrate could then set bond.
Both Brian and Marsha Whitfield have been under investigation since July, when federal agents raided the Cool Springs headquarters of employee benefits outsourcing firm Sommet, former name sponsor of Nashville’s downtown arena. A large amount of client companies’ payroll and other funds is thought to be missing, according to filings in an involuntary bankruptcy case against Sommet.
Federal authorities have placed a lien on the Whitfields’ home, stating that it is subject to forfeiture because it may have been purchased with the proceeds of mail or wire fraud.