In Debt Ex-Wimbledon Champ Boris Becker Jailed For Hiding Millions

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Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been jailed for two and a half years for hiding £2.5m worth of assets and loans to avoid paying debts, reports the BBC.

The 54-year-old six-time Grand Slam champion was declared bankrupt in June 2017 after he failed to settle a loan of more than £3 million on his luxury estate in Mallorca, Spain.

Judge Deborah Taylor presiding over the matter in the Southwark Crown Court Friday said the German had shown no remorse or acceptance of guilt.

In 2002 the former world number one tennis player was convicted of tax evasion In Germany and given a suspended sentence.

The BBC is reporting that the jury found Becker had failed to declare his share in a sprawling £1m property in his German hometown of Leimen, and hid a bank loan of almost £700,000 on that house, as well as shares in a technology firm valued at £66,000.

He was also found to have made £390,000 worth of payments from his business account to nine others, including those of his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharlely “Lilly” Becker.

The BBC quotes Becker’s barrister Jonathan Laidlaw QC as telling the court the tennis star’s “fall from grace” had left “his reputation in tatters”.

He said: “Boris Becker has literally nothing and there is also nothing to show for what was the most glittering of sporting careers and that is correctly termed as nothing short of a tragedy.

“These proceedings have destroyed his career entirely and ruined any further prospect of earning an income.”

The BBC reports that Becker will serve half his sentence on licence.