Boris Becker has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for flouting the rules of his 2017 bankruptcy.
The 54-year-old tennis star, who is a three-time Wimbledon champion, was found guilty of transferring almost £700,000 from a business account and failing to declare it in his hometown in Germany.
He faced trial at Southwark Crown Court in London, where he was also accused of hiding millions of pounds worth of assets.
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Rebecca Chalkley, a lawyer for the prosecution, reportedly told the court: “Looking at the way the case was put and the route to verdict, it is the prosecution submission that the jury rejected his case that he did not act dishonestly and must have found that he did.”
She continued: “None of the money in count four, the money transferred to third parties, was in sterling £390,000.
“It is the prosecution’s case the full amount is recoverable or should be accounted for and not just the 50 per cent that Mr Laidlaw [Becker’s lawyer] submits.
“It is correct the jury has found the defendant didn’t know about the prescribed period, or they did conclude that the transfer to the other Boris Becker accounts was not concealments, but they did find him guilty on transfer to the third parties which are these payments.”
In conclusion, she added: “The transfer of all of the payments the jury must have concluded that it was deliberate and dishonest.”
Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017 over an unpaid loan of over £3million on his Mallorcan home. He has a previous conviction for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion in Germany in 2002.
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