Swansboro mayor charged with not filing tax returns for five years

John Scott Chadwick
John Scott Chadwick CCBI

The mayor of Swansboro in Onslow County surrendered Thursday to face five misdemeanor charges that he did not file state income tax returns from 2011 through 2015.

John Scott Chadwick, 61, was booked at the Wake County Detention Center and released after posting $2,500 bail.

According to five arrest warrants sworn out by state Department of Revenue (DOR) investigators, Chadwick willfully did not file personal income tax returns for the calendar years of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

All five warrants were issued Thursday by a Wake County magistrate.

The Swansboro town website says that Chadwick became mayor in 2007 and “has been the owner and operator of a successful landscaping, grounds maintenance and nursery business since 1983.”

Chadwick incorporated Yukantu Inc., a landscaping firm based in Cedar Point in Carteret County, in 2000, according to records from the Secretary of State’s office.

The secretary’s office dissolved Yukantu in 2010, saying the company had not filed an annual report.

Despite the dissolution, though, the corporations division of the secretary’s office sent Yukantu a notice in 2012 that it was suspended from doing business at DOR’s request.

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office auctioned a pickup truck and van that deputies had seized in 2013 after DOR issued a tax warrant against Yukantu, Cedar Point Nursery and Cedar Point Landscaping.

The Jacksonville Daily News reported in 2014 that DOR was auctioning off more property it had seized from Yukantu because the firm owed withholding taxes from several years.

When he was released, Chadwick was ordered to appear in court Oct. 25.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT