Tennis legend Boris Becker to face up to seven years in jail

Tennis legend Boris Becker to face up to seven years in jail

BREAKING NEWS: Tennis Legend Boris Becker has been sentenced to two years and six months in jail for bankruptcy fraud

Tennis legend Boris Becker will face up to seven years in jail due to hiding assets so as to avoid debt payments after claiming bankruptcy.

On June 21, 2017, Boris Becker was declared bankrupt and claimed to be shocked and embarrassed, in regard to an unpaid loan of more than  £3 million on his Mallorca property. The German athlete claimed his £38 million, accrued across his successful tennis career, were spent on an expensive divorce from Barbara Becker, his first wife, as well as from child maintenance payments and a lavish lifestyle.

But on Friday 8, April Becker was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act by a jury at Southwark Crown Court. These charges include concealing debt, removing property and two separate counts of failure to disclose estate.

Deborah Taylor, the judge who declared Becker guilty, has released him on a conditional bail ending on April 29, when he may be facing a maximum jail term of seven years.

The list of hidden assets include: £950,000 from the sale of a Mercedes car dealership he owned in Germany, £40,000 spent on an ankle operation at a private clinic, £10,000 paid to a private jet company, £5,000 spent at a luxury golf resort in China. Failure to declare a property in Germany, hiding a £700,000 bank loan, as well as shares in a tech firm. He also claimed he did not know the whereabouts of his many tennis prizes.

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