Will Attorney's Mistake Cost Aretha Her Mansion?
First Published: March 13, 2008 11:06 AM EDT Credit: AP
DETROIT, Mich. -- Aretha Franklin could lose her home to tax collectors.
The singer says an attorney's mistake caused her $700,000 mansion in Detroit to slip into foreclosure over $445 in 2005 taxes and late fees.
The Detroit Free Press reports Thursday the Queen of Soul owes a total of $19,192 in back taxes on the property through 2007. She says she plans to pay up and reclaim it by a March 31 deadline.
A spokesman for the Wayne County treasurer's office says the foreclosure judgment for $445 was entered earlier this month.
Records show Franklin owes $18,746 in back taxes and fees for the 2006 and 2007 tax years, but foreclosure proceedings on those debts wouldn't begin until next year.
Franklin's slate-roofed brick mansion was built in 1927.
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