Boris Becker goes on trial in London on Monday over charges relating to his bankruptcy — the latest twist in the former Wimbledon champion’s troubled post-playing career.
Becker will stand trial at Southwark Crown Court accused of concealing his Wimbledon and Australian Open trophies, several properties, and around £1.8 million ($2.3 million). At the time of his bankruptcy in June 2017, the German’s debts were estimated at up to £50 million.
The German, a six-time Grand Slam tennis champion, had earlier ordered his wedding ring in a bid to pay off his debts, a court has heard. Becker also wanted to sell his Mallorca estate in an effort to cancel his bankruptcy, the jury was told.
Boris Becker found guilty and faces prison sentence
Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker is facing a prison sentence of up to seven years after today being found guilty of breaking UK insolvency laws.
The six-time Grand Slam champ, 54, was accused of hiding millions of pounds worth of assets, including two Wimbledon trophies, to avoid paying his debts following his 2017 bankruptcy.
Today, the Southwark Crown Court found him guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act and acquitted of a further 20 counts. Becker, a former world tennis number one, was declared bankrupt in June 2017 over an unpaid loan of more than £3million on his estate in Mallorca, Spain.
However, he continued to spend hundreds of pounds at luxury department store Harrods, bought online groceries at Ocado and treated himself to designer Ralph Lauren clothes, jurors had heard. He also allegedly hid around £950,000 from the sale of a Mercedes car dealership he owns in Germany, which was paid into his Boris Becker Private Office (BBPOL) account.
Becker was found guilty of removal of property regarding 426,930 Euros (£350,000) to nine recipients including his ex-wives Barbara and Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Becker. He was also convicted of trying to conceal the ownership of his £1.8million villa ‘Im Schilling’ in his native Leimen, Germany, as well as his ownership of 75,000 Data Corp shares. Jurors also found him guilty of concealing a loan of 825,000 Euros (£688,000) owed by him to the Bank Alpinum of Lichtenstein.