A Pine Bluff lawyer who was indicted last week on multiple counts of failing to file income tax returns for at least 15 years was found dead Thursday afternoon.
The body of Mark B. Chadick, 72, has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy, according to Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley. No information about how he died was available before press time Friday.
A federal grand jury for the Eastern District of Arkansas at Little Rock returned a nine-count indictment against Chadick on Aug.8. The indictment said that between 2005 and 2007, the IRS used third-party records to generate substitute tax returns for the years 2000 to 2005 and recorded substantial federal income tax assessments against Chadick.
On May 12, 2010, the IRS filed a notice of a tax lien with the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office and the Garland County Clerk’s Office to secure the properties owned by Chadick in those counties. The past due balances for the years 2000 to 2004 based on the liens filed was $411,468.09.
Five counts of the indictment allege that around March 20, 2013, Chadick created a forged and fraudulent Certificate of Release of Federal Tax Lien that falsely indicated that the debt had been satisfied, then sent the document to the Garland County Clerk’s Office so that the office could remove the lien. Later, he told an employee of that office and a Treasury Department investigator the same thing.
The indictment also showed that between 2012 and 2015, Chadick’s approximate gross annual income ranged from $582,231 in 2014 to $848,048 in 2012. Chadick failed to file a federal individual income tax return with the IRS for each of those years.