Former Super Eagles left-back Taiye Taiwo has got questions to answer in France over tax fraud charges leveled against him as a Marseille court has begun judicial proceedings to seize his mansion located in Allauch, a French community situated east of Marseille and valued at €600,000.
French fiscal authorities revealed that the 28-year-old, who featured for Marseilles between 2005 and 2011, defaulted in the payment of income taxes in 2008 and 2009 as well as property taxes in 2011 on his 900m square home, which they say will be auctioned at €200,000, three times lower than its market value.
The tax office said Taiwo, who recently joined Turkish side Bursaspor, owes €1,025,000 in taxes, but can apply through his lawyer for installment or delayed delayed payment if he is not financially fit to settle at the moment.
Taiwo is yet to respond to the charges. He was not present at the tax office and was represented by a lawyer.