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Attorney Awaiting Federal Sentence, Found Dead at Home

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – The Madison County Coroner says an attorney scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Thursday morning, was instead found dead at his home.

63-year-old Dennis Nalick had pleaded guilty to mail fraud.  A grand jury indictment accused Nalick of demanding money from the estate of a client’s mother without the client’s knowledge.  Federal prosecutors say instead of giving the client the nearly 140-thousand-dollar check, Nalick put it in his personal account and spent it.

The Coroner’s office says Nalick reportedly sent a fax to his lawyers office at 8 this morning, saying he wouldn’t be at his 9 a.m. sentencing in East St. Louis.  His attorney asked Edwardsville Police to check on Nalick at his Edwardsville home. 

Officials say he was found in the garage, in his SUV, with the motor running.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nalick had reportedly been disciplined twice in the past by professional regulators.  His Illinois license was suspended at one time for providing false information in a bankruptcy case, and another time for spending money from a client’s escrow account.

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