Boris Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for bankruptcy

Earlier this month, the 54-year-old former world number one and three-times Wimbledon Champion, was convicted of four offenses related to his bankruptcy, including failure to disclose, conceal and remove important assets, the insolvency service said.

During the sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London, Baker, supported by his partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro, wore a gray suit, white shirt and striped tie in Wimbledon green and purple.

Judge Deborah Taylor, who delivered the ruling, said the former Tennis The player will serve half the penalty.

“I take into account what has been described as your fall from grace. You have lost your career, your reputation and all your possessions as a result of your bankruptcy,” the judge was quoted as saying by the press agency.

“You showed no remorse and acceptance of your guilt and sought to distance yourself from your insult and bankruptcy.

“While I accept your humiliation as part of the proceedings, there was no humility.”

Baker was declared bankrupt in June 2017, which means he is legally required to disclose all of his assets.

The assets he hid 426,930.90 euros (about $450,000) — which were transferred to several third parties — included property in Lehmann, Germany and 75,000 shares in Breaking Data Corp, according to the insolvency service.

Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley, who urged the judge to issue a prison sentence, according to the attorney general, Rebecca Chalkley, said Baker “was selective in advertising his property. And when it was convenient for him, he disclosed fully; and when it wasn’t, he didn’t.” “. to Reuters.

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She accused Baker of “manipulating the system in bad faith” by hiding and transferring assets and depriving creditors of assets of more than 2 million pounds ($2.51 million).

“Today’s ruling confirms that Boris Becker has failed to comply with his legal obligation to declare significant assets in his bankruptcy,” said Dean Bell, Chief Executive of the Insolvency Service.

“This conviction serves as a clear warning to those who believe they can hide their assets and get away with it. You will be discovered and prosecuted.”

Becker made tennis history when he won Wimbledon at the age of 17 in 1985 and won five more Grand Slam titles over an 11-year period.

He has remained active in the tennis world since retiring from the sport, particularly as coach of Novak Djokovic and through frequent media appearances as a commentator and analyst.

According to PA, Baker’s attorney Jonathan Laidlaw told the court that “the proceedings completely destroyed his career and destroyed any other possibility of earning an income.”

“I heard him in tatters,” Laidlaw added. “He will not be able to find work and will have to rely on the charity of others if he is to survive.”

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