Trial continues for Hattiesburg CPA charged with federal tax crimes

Trial continues for Hattiesburg CPA charged with federal tax crimes
The trial of former Pine Belt accountant Carl Nicholson entered its second day Tuesday. (Source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The trial of former Pine Belt accountant Carl Nicholson entered its second day Tuesday. Nicholson is charged with 11 federal tax-related crimes.

A former colleague of Nicholson took the witness stand Tuesday, where she testified that during the years leading up to the investigation, working with Nicholson was confrontational and stressful.

The defense attempted to discredit the witness, saying she had plenty of opportunities to question the expenses that were submitted. The witness broke down in tears while talking about how stressful it was working with Nicholson.

Prosecutors presented evidence they claim shows Nicholson and his family used business credit cards for personal use and then submitted them as business expenses. They said Nicholson and his family members had American Express credit cards issued as business credit cards.

Expensive hotels, meals, video game subscriptions and gift store purchases were paid using these cards and turned in as expenses to be reimbursed, prosecutors claimed. Attorneys also noted several payments to Groundworx amounting to over $50,000.

Nicholson’s trail will move into its third day Wednesday. Court is set to resume at 9 a.m.

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