Boris Becker jailed over fake bankruptcy

Boris Becker jailed over fake bankruptcy after misleading the insolvency practitioners in 2017.

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.

The 54-year-old six-time Grand Slam champion was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act.

Boris Becker jailed

The case centred on Becker’s bankruptcy in June 2017 resulting from an unpaid loan of more than £3m on his luxury estate in Mallorca, Spain.

Judge Deborah Taylor said he had shown no remorse or acceptance of guilt.

Boris Becker arrived at court with his partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro only to be humiliated again and again.

Becker’s barrister Jonathan Laidlaw QC told 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.

Jailed over fake bankruptcy

Referring to Becker’s previous conviction for tax evasion in Germany in 2002, she told Becker: “You did not heed the warning you were given and the chance you were given by the suspended sentence and that is a significant aggravating factor.

“You have… sought to distance yourself from your offending and your bankruptcy.

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

Earlier this month, after about two weeks of hearing evidence, jurors found Becker guilty of removal of the property, two counts of failing to disclose estate and concealing debt.