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Boris Becker Sentenced to Prison for Hiding Assets in Bankruptcy


The precarious financial situation of Mr. Becker has been under scrutiny for several years.

In 2017, a non-public bank in London, Arbuthnot Latham, made an application for bankruptcy proceedings against Mr. Becker, claiming that payment of a giant debt owed by him was nearly two years overdue. He was soon declared officially bankrupt by a London court, which found that he couldn’t repay his debts.

That very same yr, a Swiss court rejected a claim by a former Swiss business partner, who claimed Mr. Becker owed him greater than $40 million.

As he fended off his creditors, in 2018, Mr. Becker sought to say diplomatic immunity, since the Central African Republic had named him as its attaché to the European Union for sports, culture and humanitarian affairs.

If that claim had been granted, any motion against Mr. Becker would have required the approval of the foreign secretary, who on the time was Boris Johnson, the present prime minister. But Mr. Becker eventually dropped the claim.

In 2002, Mr. Becker was convicted in Germany of income tax evasion, given two years’ probation and fined nearly $300,000. The decision got here six years after German tax investigators raided Mr. Becker’s home in Munich.

On Friday, the judge, Deborah Taylor, referred to that case, saying that Mr. Becker “didn’t heed the warning you got and the prospect you got” — a reference to the indisputable fact that he had been spared jail time — and that this was “a major aggravating factor” in the present proceedings.

Mr. Becker won tens of millions of dollars in prize money and sponsorship deals. He has had several business ventures through the years, including a line of branded tennis gear. He has often appeared as a television commentator for the BBC at Wimbledon, and he coached Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked men’s singles player, for a number of years.

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