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Wimbledon Champion Boris Becker Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Jail for Bankruptcy Offenses

Tennis legend Boris Becker has met his fate for illicitly moving hundreds of thousands of dollars after declaring bankruptcy. The 54-year-old German former world no. 1 champion is sentenced to 2 and half years in jail on four charges of Britain’s Insolvency Act. Read on to know more.

Becker is Guilty of Bankruptcy Offences

The Olympic gold medalist, Boris Becker witnessed early success and fame while his personal life remained turbulent. Earlier this month, the German tennis legend was found guilty of moving hundreds of thousands of dollars from a bank account after declaring bankruptcy.

A jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court found Becker guilty on four charges of Britain’s Insolvency Act: Removal of property, two counts of failing to disclose estate and concealing debt.

Becker had been transferring an exorbitant amount of money from his business account to other accounts, including those of his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharley Becker. The court has sentenced him to 2 and half years in jail for the said Bankruptcy offenses.

Boris Becker was also convicted of failing to declare a property in Germany and hiding an $895,000 bank loan and shares in a tech firm. He was acquitted on 20 other counts, including charges that he failed to hand over two Wimbledon trophies and an Olympic gold medal, among other awards.

Becker Denies all Charges

Despite being sentenced to two and half years in prison, Boris Becker has denied all charges against him. During the trial, he remained adamant and said that “expansive lifestyle commitments” led to a loss of $50 million in career earnings.

Becker also stated that his bankruptcy arose from a $5 million loan from a private bank in 2013 as well as about $1.6 million borrowed from a British businessman in 2014. The present case centres on his bankruptcy in June 2017 resulting from an unpaid loan of more than $37,79,415 (£3m) on his luxury estate in Spain.

The Judge’s Final Words

The obsession with an extravagant lifestyle took the best of Becker. Judge Deborah Taylor said that Becker has shown no remorse or acceptance of guilt. Referring to his conviction related to tax evasion in Germany in 2002, she stated:

“You did not heed the warning you were given and the chance you were given by the suspended sentence and that is a significant aggravating factor…

You have… sought to distance yourself from your offending and your bankruptcy. While I accept your humiliation as part of the proceedings, there has been no humility.”

The trial resulted in a conclusion that the Wimbledon champion has acted deliberately and dishonestly and takes no responsibility for his actions. As per the prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley, Becker is still seeking to blame others when it was his duty.

About Boris Becker

Boris Franz Becker was born in Leimen, a town in the German state Baden-Württemberg. He turned professional in 1984, under the guidance of Romanian-born coach Günther Bosch and Romanian manager Ion Ţiriac, and won his first professional doubles title that year in Munich.

As for his professional career, Becker left no stone unturned. He is a former world no. 1 tennis player and won six Grand Slam singles titles at the age of 17. These include three Wimbledon Championships, two Austrian Opens and one US Open.

After his professional career ended, Boris engaged in numerous ventures like coaching Noval Djokovic for three years, playing poker professionally and working for an online poker company.

Becker deserved the punishment he got. The man who got everything in life was never satisfied, and he continues to lie. Nicknamed “Boom Boom” for his fast serve, Boris is now busted for dodging the legal system. What do you think about his conviction?

I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.


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