Judge sentences Boris Becker to two and a half years in prison

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Boris Becker sentenced to two and a half years in prison

Boris Becker arrives for the sentencing hearing at the court in London

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In the process of delaying bankruptcy, Boris Becker was found guilty. The sentence has now been announced. Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced the 54-year-old to two and a half years in prison.

Boris Becker was sentenced to two years and six months in prison by Judge Deborah Taylor on Friday afternoon. Earlier this month, a jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court found the former German tennis star guilty of four out of 24 charges. The jury found it proven that Becker withheld significant portions of his assets from his bankruptcy trustee, Mark Ford.

It was about a property in Germany – Becker’s parents’ house in Leimen, where his 86-year-old mother Elvira currently lives – shares in a technology company and a bank loan of 825,000 euros. In addition, Becker is said to have transferred large sums to the accounts of his ex-wives Barbara and Lilly Becker. In total, the sum of 426,930 euros was made in the form of nine different transfers.

Boris Becker sentenced to prison

During the three-week trial, Becker appeared in court every day, accompanied by his partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro. In the end, he also received support from his eldest son, Noah Becker, who came from his marriage to Barbara Becker, who divorced in 2001.

Before Judge Deborah Taylor, Boris Becker admitted that he was “shocked” and “ashamed” by his declaration of bankruptcy. He and his attorney painted a picture of him as a man who had lost track of his possessions and expenses. He concentrated on playing tennis and put everything else in the hands of consultants, said the three-time Wimbledon winner.

Becker was declared bankrupt by a London bankruptcy court in June 2017 because he was unable to pay various debts. At the time, Becker’s outstanding debts were estimated at up to 50 million pounds (59 million euros).

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