Tennis legend Boris Becker sentenced to more than 2 years in prison for bankruptcy

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Tennis legend Boris Becker was sentenced on Friday to more than two years in prison for bankruptcy offenses.

Earlier this month, Becker was found guilty of illegally moving hundreds of thousands of dollars from a bank account after declaring bankruptcy. Becker was convicted of four counts of UK insolvency: removal of property, concealment of debt and two counts of failure to disclose property.

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Boris Becker leaves Southwark Crown Court in London on Thursday 22 October 2020.

Boris Becker leaves Southwark Crown Court in London on Thursday 22 October 2020.
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A jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court found the German tennis star guilty on April 8. He was found to have transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars after his bankruptcy in June 2017 from his business account to other accounts, including his ex-wife Barbara and his ex-wife. divorced wife Sharlely Becker.

Becker, 54, was also convicted of failing to declare property in Germany and of concealing a $ 895,000 bank loan and shares in a technology company. He was acquitted of 20 other counts, including allegations that he failed to present two Wimbledon trophies and an Olympic gold medal, among other awards.

Boris Becker was convicted of four counts of UK insolvency law: removal of property, concealment of debt and two counts of failure to disclose property.

Boris Becker was convicted of four counts of UK insolvency law: removal of property, concealment of debt and two counts of failure to disclose property.
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Becker said during the trial that “expansive lifestyle commitments” ate up his more than $ 50 million in career earnings. His bankruptcy was due to a $ 5 million loan from a private bank in 2013 as well as about $ 1.6 million borrowed from a British businessman in 2014, according to the lawsuit.

Becker denied all charges before being convicted and eventually convicted.

Boris Becker during his match with Andre Agassi at Wimbledon 1995.

Boris Becker during his match with Andre Agassi at Wimbledon 1995.
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Becker won three Wimbledon titles, two Australian Open and one US Open during his tennis career. He finished in the semifinals of the French Open three times.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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