HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After a final, exhaustive examination of expense summaries, tax returns and other documents, a federal jury will decide Friday the fate of Hattiesburg certified public accountant Carl Nicholson.
Nicholson, a founder of one of the largest accounting houses in Mississippi, has spent the past four days seated at the defendant’s table in United States District Court.
The government rested Thursday after presenting four days-worth of witness testimony and evidence intended to buttress the 11 felony counts contained in a superseding indictment released in December.
Nicholson, a former Institutions of Higher Learning board member, was charged with:
- One count conspiracy to defraud the United States government
- Four counts of false statement on income tax return
- Six counts of willfully aiding/assisting in preparation of false tax returns
The same charges were unveiled in June, and Nicholson pleaded not guilty to all counts in a July arraignment.
The defense also rested Thursday without calling a witness.
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett told jurors to be prepared to hear closing arguments when the trial resumes at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Mississippi Southern District of United States District Court at the William M. Colmer Federal Building.
Thursday’s testimony included a wrap-up by Frank McWhorter, a Hattiesburg CPA, who worked with Nicholson and has a cooperation agreement with the federal government.
Internal Revenue Service criminal investigation agent Bradley Luker followed McWhorter and provided details on various expenses and tax returns.