Boris Becker sentenced to two and a half years in prison for fraud related to his bankruptcy

The English judiciary has issued its verdict and is serving two and a half years in prison for Boris Becker. The former tennis champion was found guilty of fraud related to his bankruptcy. He is accused of having deposited large sums of money from his professional account in his personal account and of having hidden 825,000 euros of debt and shares in a technology company. He was also found guilty of hiding £ 2.5 million (€ 3 million at current rates) in assets and loans to avoid paying off his debts. Becker is expected to serve half of his sentence behind bars.

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. .

Seriously, he wore a purple and green Wimbledon tie

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.

Boris Becker arrived Friday morning in a London taxi on the runway, walking hand in hand with his teammate 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.

During the trial in London, prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley accused him of using a professional account as ” Piggy bank “ for the day-to-day expenses or school fees of the children.

Becker denies all charges

Boris Becker, who is in charge of all 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 medal at the 1992 Olympics. tennis indicated during the test held from March 21 to April 8. to still have in his power ” a lot “ awards and memories accumulated in 15 years on the circuit, but some have disappeared.

He had already auctioned off some of his rewards for £ 700,000 (€ 840,000) to pay off part of his debts. At the time of its bankruptcy, its debts were estimated at up to £ 50 million (€ 59 million).

Becker, several legal setbacks

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 how much he had been “Shock for 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, the German court sentenced him to two years in prison and a fine of 500,000 euros for a delay of 1.7 million euros in tax arrears.

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