/ 02 May 2022

Boris Becker jailed for insolvency fraud

Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been jailed for 2.5 years for hiding £2.5 million of assets and loans to avoid paying debts. The case centred on Becker’s bankruptcy in June 2017 from an unpaid loan of more than £3 million on his luxury estate in Mallorca, Spain. Becker was legally obliged to disclose all of his assets so that the trustee could distribute the available funds to his creditors. But a court in London heard that he’d deliberately failed to declare his share in a £1 million home in his German hometown of Leimen, £66,000 in shares and almost £390,000 of payments to others, including 2 ex-wives. Judge Deborah Taylor said the former star hadn’t accepted guilt and noted a previous conviction for tax evasion in Germany 20 years earlier. “There is nothing to show for what was the most glittering of sporting careers, and that is correctly termed as nothing short of a tragedy,” Becker’s lawyer Jonathan Laidlaw said.

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