According to the French media sources, the ex-Olympique Marseill player Taye Taiwo has been accused of not paying his income tax in 2008 and 2009 as well as his property tax in 2011, all of which are valued at about €1,025,000.
Judicial proceedings have been promptly initiated to seize property of the Nigeria International's €600,000 mansion in Marseille which will reportedly be auctioned off for just €200,000.
The trial was conducted in absentia as Taiwo was neither present nor represented by a legal practitioner.
The tax office however released a statement which states that Taiwo can apply through his lawyer for installment or delayed payment if he is not financially fit to settle at the moment.
In the more recent develoment, the recovery services management of public finances in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur are prepared to recoup the evaded tax from the player whose annual income was €2 million.
The 28-year-old defender scored 17 goals in 192 appearances for Olympique de Marseille before joining AC Milan on May 9, 2011.
Taiwo who failed to settle down with the Italian giants before he was shipped out on loan to English Premiership side QPR and later Dynamo Kiev the following season, joined Turkish club, Bursaspor, in a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee this summer.
Bursaspor will be competing in next season's UEFA Champions League despite finishing fourth in the league as both Fenerbahce and Besiktas have been banned from European competitions for match-fixing.
The former Lobi Stars and Gabros of Nnewi defender has scored five goals in 53 appearances for the Super Eagles.