FORMER England star Emile Heskey was facing bankruptcy last night in his latest battle with the taxman.
The ex-Liverpool striker — whose net worth was estimated at £12million in 2009 — has had financial woes since joining a celebrity investment scheme now at the centre of a £1.6billion tax dispute.
He has been hit with a High Court bankruptcy petition filed by HMRC — setting off alarms for a string of VIPs.
Dad-of-six Heskey, 45, was last year found to have defaulted on £92,000 of tax while working as a football development officer between 2017 and 2020.
He was handed a £42,000 penalty.
It was unclear whether the court case arrears were related to the investment scheme or his business flop.
The tax scheme was among those run by Ingenious Media, a financing company which funded more than 60 movies.
Clients were said to have been able to claim tax relief against most of their payment.
Gerrard and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber were among investors reported in 2019 to be suing HSBC for “dishonestly assisting” Ingenious Media.
They insisted they had paid significant tax and believed the investments were legitimate enterprises.
But Barlow later admitting it was “the stupidest thing I have ever done”.
HMRC and Heskey were approached for comment.