Conrad Black's Toronto Mansion Caught Up In Dispute Over Unpaid Taxes: Report

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Lord Conrad Black can't seem to stop running headfirst into the law.

The latest to stand in his way? Canada Revenue Agency, which The Globe and Mail reports has put a hold on the sale of his Toronto mansion over claims of unpaid taxes.

The CRA put two liens on the property: One for more than $12.3 million in unpaid taxes, and another reportedly on behalf of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, for more than $2.7 million in unpaid taxes, according to documents obtained by the Globe.

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Conrad Black, former chief executive officer of Hollinger Inc., speaks during an interview in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Black put his 23,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom palace in the Bridle Path on the auction block in February.

Then things got strange. The house was sold to a bidder even before the auction began, and for about $5 million less than the $21.8-million asking price. The buyer remains unidentified.

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Conrad Black's mansion in the Bridle Path went on the auction block earlier this year. (Concierge Auctions)

And it turned out Black would continue living in the property, seemingly in a sort of private-home “sale-leaseback” scheme.

Black told the Globe in an email that the liens on his house are “nonsense, but a legal matter we'll work out judicially.”

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(Concierge Auctions)

Black’s newspaper empire once spanned the world and included the National Post, the Daily Telegraph in the U.K., the Jerusalem Post and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Black was accused of diverting funds from his holding company, Hollinger International. He served a total of 37 months in prison after being convicted in a U.S. court in 2007 of three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. Two of those charges were overturned on appeal.

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