American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino looks to be one of the latest victims in the economic downturn.
A Charlotte, North Carolina, home owned by the singer is being auctioned to reimburse a loan that was used to pay her taxes, according to the Associated Press.
The company Broward Energy Partners agreed to pay more than $68,000 of the Grammy nominated artist’s taxes in 2006 and says they have not been fully compensated. The earnings from the sale would be used to finish paying off the loan.
The home is due to be auctioned in January by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. “Her people never got in contact with us,” Sgt. J.W. England, a supervisor at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office told the AP. “We could have gone in another direction if she would have communicated with us. I hope it doesn’t go to that extreme. We’re hoping she’ll pay this thing and we’ll be out of the picture.”
Fantasia, 24, rose to fame when she won Idol s third season in 2004 and followed with solo albums and a role in Broadway s The Color Purple. She has another home in the area, estimated at $740,000.
The singer s rep could not be reached for comment.
• Reporting by STEVE HELLING