Boris Becker, tennis legend, has been sentenced for two and a half years imprisonment after being found guilty of four insolvency Act charges relating to 2017 bankruptcy.
54-year old former world number 1 was convicted earlier this month of transferring hundreds, thousands of pounds from a business account and failing in declaring a property in Leimen (Germany). BBC commentator Becker was also convicted of hiding an 825,000 euro (almost £700,000) bank loan and 75,000 shares in a tech firm.
Each offense under the Insolvency Act – which includes removal and two counts each of failing to disclose estate or concealing debt – carries a maximum sentence up to seven years imprisonment. Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced six-time Grand Slam champion, to two-and a-half years imprisonment. The other half will be served at Southwark Crown Court.
Becker previously told jurors 50 million US dollar (about £38m) career earnings were swallowed up by an expensive divorce to his first wife Barbara Becker, child maintenance payments and “expensive lifestyle commitments”.
The German national who has been living in the UK since 2012 said that he was “shocked” “embarrassed” when he was declared bankrupt on June 21 2017 over an unpaid loan of more than £3m on his estate in Mallorca, Spain.
He claimed he co-operated in the security of his assets with trustees, including offering up his wedding rings, and that he relied on advisers to manage his life. Becker was found guilty on four counts. He was supported by Lilian de Carvalho Monteeiro, his partner, and Noah, his eldest child.
The court heard Becker received 1.13 million euros (about £950,000) from the sale of a Mercedes car dealership he owned in Germany, which was paid into a business account used as a “piggy bank”For his personal expenses.
Becker was found guilty of transferring 427,00 euros (£356,000) to nine recipients, including the accounts of his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharlely “Lilly”Becker, his fourth child’s mother.
He was further convicted of failing to declare a property in his home town of Leimen, hiding an 825,000 euro (almost £700,000) bank loan on the house as well as 75,000 shares in tech firm Breaking Data Corp.
Becker declared: “As you can imagine, I was very shocked at the fact. Because it was all over world news, and I walked through the gate of Wimbledon and everyone knew. I was embarrassed because I was bankrupt.”
Becker was declared bankrupt just hours before the tournament. He had also appeared on BBC Radio as a pundit. He said: “My son called me saying my wife was breaking down the house – the furniture, the windows. The police came … while I was on site.”
Becker said that he had sold property to get out of debt and revealed that he was actually a landlord. “lots”Many trophies and memorabilia from his tennis career are missing, but others are still available.
“For the player, it’s about winning the title. The trophy is not so much when you are playing,”Becker spoke to the court. “Nowadays I wish I had them to show them to my children.”