Tennis legend Boris Becker sentenced to two and a half years in prison

TheFormer world tennis champion Boris Becker was sentenced on Friday 29 April to two and a half years in prison by British justice for financial crimes related to his personal bankruptcy. At the age of 54, Boris Becker will be jailed after being found guilty, above all, of hiding 2.5 million pounds (3 million euros at the current rate) in assets and loans to avoid paying off his debts.

Declared in personal bankruptcy in 2017, Boris Becker is convicted of four counts: one of withdrawal of assets, two of non-disclosure of assets and one of concealment of debts. The six-time Grand Slam winner, who has lived in the UK since 2012, was found guilty on April 8 by London’s Southwark Crown Court of illegally hiding or illegally transferring hundreds of thousands of euros and pounds sterling for not to settle its debts after being declared bankrupt. .

He is accused of having transferred hundreds of thousands of pounds from a professional account to other accounts, in particular those of his ex-wives, of not having declared property in Germany and of having hidden a loan of 825,000 euros. stakes in a company.

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Boris Becker disputes all charges

Boris Becker arrived Friday morning in a London taxi on the runway, walking hand in hand with his partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro, before returning to the building. Seriously, he was wearing a purple and green Wimbledon tie, while his eldest son, Noah, 28, came in with a sports bag.

Twenty years ago, he was sentenced in Germany to a suspended prison sentence following disputes with the Tax Administration. During the trial in London, prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley accused him of using a professional account as a “daycare” for his children’s daily expenses or school fees.

Boris Becker, who is in charge of all the charges, was acquitted of twenty other charges, including those related to the disappearance of his trophies. He had assured the audience that he did not know where they were. Among the nine accolades that creditors would have liked to have in their hands are two of their three Wimbledon Cups, two Australian Open trophies and their doubles gold at the 1992 Olympics.

Liabilities in various countries

The tennis star said during the trial held from March 21 to April 8 he still has in his possession “many” awards and memories accumulated in fifteen years on the circuit, but some have disappeared. He had already sold part of his prizes at auction for £ 700,000 (840,000 euros) to pay off part of his debts. At the time of its bankruptcy, its debts were estimated at up to £ 50 million (€ 59 million).

The announcement of his bankruptcy came just days before the Wimbledon tournament, in which the first German player to win a Grand Slam title worked for the BBC and Australian and Japanese television. At the hearing, he said he had been “shocked by the situation”. “It was all the news, I walked through the doors of Wimbledon and everyone knew it. I was embarrassed because I was bankrupt,” he said.

According to him, his bankruptcy and his treatment of the media damaged the “Becker brand”, so much so that he later had difficulty paying his debts. This is not the first case of Boris Becker, a restless athlete who had lived in Monaco and Switzerland before settling in England.

He has already had legal setbacks for unpaid debts with the Spanish judiciary, with regard to work in his villa in Mallorca, and with the Swiss judiciary, for not having paid the pastor who had married him in 2009. L In 2002, German court sentenced him to two years in prison and a 500,000-euro fine for 1.7 million euros in tax arrears.

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