Tennis great Boris Becker is facing seven years imprisonment after being found guilty of illegally moving his wealth from his business account post-bankruptcy in 2017.
Six-time Grand Slam champion, Boris Becker, was accused of hiding millions of pounds worth of assets, including two Wimbledon trophies, to avoid paying his debts following his 2017 bankruptcy. At Southwark Crown Court he was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act and acquitted of a further 20 counts.
The 54-year old German, who has lived in Britain since 2012, said he had co-operated with trustees trying to secure his assets, even offering his wedding ring, and relied on the advisers who managed his life away from tennis. Judge Deborah Taylor released the six-time Grand Slam singles champion on conditional bail ahead of sentencing at the same court on April 29, when he could face a jail sentence of up to seven years.
Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017 over an unpaid loan of more than 3 million pound on his estate at Mallorca in Spain. But he continued to spend hundreds of pounds on luxurious items. The court was told Becker received 1.13 million euros from the sale of a Mercedes car dealership he owned in Germany. He was found guilty of transferring hundreds of thousands of pounds to other accounts, including those of his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharlely. Becker was also convicted of failing to declare a property in Germany, and hiding an 825,000 euros bank loan and shares in a tech firm.