Prominent Charlotte businessman under investigation found dead inside home

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte businessman whose expansive SouthPark property was in jeopardy of being seized by the government was found dead inside his home early Wednesday morning, police said.

Officers told Channel 9 that they found Richard Siskey dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the home on Sharon Road around 8 a.m.

Channel 9 had reported last week that the government wanted to seize the businessman's prominent property because of fraud allegations.

The FBI presented an order in court for Siskey's property, alleging it was bought with fraudulent money.

Siskey was the founder and chairman of Siskey Industries, which gives private investments to businesses.

Mecklenburg County real estate records show that the property was purchased in 1999 for $2.8 million by the Siskeys. At the corner of Sharon Road and Sharon Lane, the property comprises of 7.4 acres, including three houses totaling roughly 15,500 square feet.

In 1995, the Siskey YMCA in Matthews was named for the family because of a donation the couple made.

Siskey's birthday was on Christmas Eve. He was 58 years old.

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