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No really. And how does this even happen? The Post’s Tim Craig tried to find out but was told the circumstances are confidential.

In a warning to those who owe the District, authorities seized a Chevy Chase man’s rights to his house because he allegedly owes more than $17 million in back city taxes.

The action, completed Friday, comes as city officials say Barry A. Morewitz failed to pay his share in income taxes from 2004 through 2009.

Morewitz owes more than $8 million in back taxes and $8.9 million in interest and penalties, according to liens issued against him. The Office of Tax Revenue has billed Morewitz as the city’s “top delinquent taxpayer,” noting that no other resident owes even $1 million in back taxes.

It should be noted that the house authorities seized—-that is, they get money if the guy decides to sell—-is worth less than $800,000.