Tennis champion Boris Becker has been jailed for 2.5 years after he was found guilty of deliberately ignoring the terms of his bankruptcy agreement.
Becker, a three-time Wimbledon and two-time Australian Open winner, was accused of “deliberately and unfairly” putting money out of creditors’ reach.
Becker, who was declared bankrupt in 2017 with debts in excess of £40 million ($70.5 million), previously said his career earnings were being used up by his divorce and “expensive lifestyle commitments”.
London judge Deborah Taylor said Becker had lost his career and his reputation.
The phrase closes a remarkable fall from favor for the youngest ever winner of Wimbledon men’s singles and former world number one.
Becker, 54, was convicted by a London jury of four offences, including removing hundreds of thousands of euros of cash from business accounts and concealing a bank loan from the bankrupt estate. Prosecutors called it a “breach of trust”.
A lawyer for Becker said the tennis star was acquitted in the vast majority of cases. The funds were transferred for child maintenance payments and to pay for his household expenses.
Jonathan Laidlaw had asked for a two-year suspended jail term, saying there was no evidence of fraud or even sophisticated financial planning. Becker’s “financial affairs were a mess and they were chaotic”.