Tennis great Boris Becker sentenced to prison for bankruptcy Tennis great Boris Becker sentenced to two and a half years in prison for bankruptcy. (DTM)
Boris Becker was sentenced to prison for bankruptcy.
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The tennis great was sentenced to 2.5 years behind bars, the Associated Press reported.
He had been tried for concealing assets and loans so as not to have to repay his debts, BBC News reported.
Becker was accused of illegally transferring large sums of money and hiding assets after being declared bankrupt in June 2017, the PA reported.
The German tennis star had been convicted of four counts under insolvency law but was cleared of another 20 counts, according to BBC News.
The prosecutor said Becker acted “deliberately and dishonestly” and “always sought to blame others”, while the defense said his client did not spend the money on a “lavish lifestyle”, but rather for alimony, rent and legal and legal fees. professional fees.
He had borrowed about $5 million from a private bank in 2013 and $1.6 million from a British businessman in 2014. He said the $50 million he had earned during his career had gone to an “expensive divorce” and the debts he incurred after his retirement.
Becker told the court he suffered “public humiliation” and had no future earning potential.
Becker has won the Grand Slam six times and Wimbledon three times. He was the first unranked player to win the Wimbledon singles title in 1985 at the age of 17, the PA reported.
He has lived in Britain since 2012.
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