The furnishings inside Quebec street gang leader Ducarme Joseph’s luxury mansion in suburban Montreal have been seized and sold by bailiffs working for Revenue Quebec, QMI Agency has learned. The tax agency launched the seizure and auction sale to recover part of the $300,000 in unpaid income taxes owing by Joseph, who was accused in court documents of not filing income tax returns for a decade while pocketing $730,000 in income. The auction took place after Joseph and his common-law spouse Cheryl Bailey made an unsuccessful last-ditch attempt to derail it. The couple claimed the notorious street gang leader gave Bailey everything he owned in 2008 in case, he wrote in a letter, he should ever have “an unforeseen accident.” The gangster wrote Bailey a somewhat uncharacteristically tender letter dated Dec. 25, 2008, saying he was giving her his house, the furnishings and his cars “after the years we have been together and during which you gave me four beautiful children." He signed it: “Your baby Love" A Quebec Superior Court Judge didn’t believe the story, nor did the Quebec Court of Appeal, which said recently the gift was null and void because it was not properly registered with the province. Bailiffs quietly seized all the furnishings and appliances inside the mansion last summer, court documents show. The bailiffs held an auction at Joseph’s home Tuesday morning, a manager at the firm confirmed. Joseph’s lawyer declined to comment. Joseph has a long criminal record for violence and drug trafficking and he survived an assassination attempt in 2010 in Montreal that left his bodyguard dead. Revenu Quebec slapped a mortgage lien on Joseph's house and its contents in late 2010. The move came after the QMI Agency revealed Joseph was selling the two-storey, 10-room stone cottage with an asking price of $1.6 million. Quebec tax auditors discovered Joseph was hiding income while working with Montreal police investigators on a special proceeds of crime investigation that targeted the street gang leader’s finances.
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