Former tennis ace Boris Becker jailed over UK bankruptcy case

German tennis great Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a court in London for illicitly transferring large amounts of money and hiding assets after he was declared bankrupt.

Judge Deborah Taylor announced the sentence on Friday after hearing arguments from the prosecutor and Becker’s lawyer at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

Becker, who was previously handed a two-year suspended sentence for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion in Germany in 2002, was found guilty of four offences under the United Kingdom’s Insolvency Act earlier this month.

“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,” the judge said referring to Becker’s previous conviction.

“I take into account what has been described as your fall from grace,” the judge continued.

“You have lost your career and reputation and all of your property as a result of your bankruptcy.”

But she added: “You have not shown remorse, acceptance of your guilt and have sought to distance yourself from your offending and your bankruptcy.”

“While I accept the humiliation you have felt as a result of these proceedings, you have shown no humility.”

Becker’s bankruptcy stemmed from a 4.6 million euro ($5m) loan from a private bank in 2013, as well as about $1.6m borrowed from a British businessman the year after, according to testimony at the trial.

During the trial, Becker said his $50m career earnings had been swallowed up by payments for an “expensive divorce” and debts when he lost large chunks of his income after retirement.The 54-year-old German was found to have transferred hundreds of thousands of pounds after his June 2017 bankruptcy from his business account to other accounts, including those of his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharlely “Lilly” Becker.He was also convicted of failing to declare a property in Germany and hiding an 825,000 euro ($871,000) bank loan and shares in a tech firm.

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