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Boris Becker Jailed For Two And A Half Years Over Bankruptcy Offences

INTERNATIONAL: German tennis great Boris Becker was jailed on Friday 29th April for two and a half years after being found guilty of four offences under the Insolvency Act 1986 following a bankruptcy trial in London.

The 54-year-old six-time Grand Slam champion, was found guilty after a trial at Southwark Crown Court earlier this month over offences committed from May to October 2017. He was acquitted of a number of other charges.

Becker, a former world number one who won Wimbledon three times, was made bankrupt on June 21, 2017, at the London High Court in connection with a debt to private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co.

Under the terms of the bankruptcy order, he was bound to provide full disclosure of assets.

The charges Becker was convicted on included removing property totaling close to 427,000 euros from his bankruptcy estate, failing to disclose ownership of a property in Leiman in Germany, concealing a loan of 825,000 euros from the Bank of Alpinum of Lichtenstein and ownership of 75,000 shares in Breaking Data Corp.

On Friday he was given the 30 month jail term at Southwark Crown Court.

Becker became a tennis icon in the 1980s, winning Wimbledon as an unseeded 17-year-old in 1985 and successfully defending his title in 1986. He also won the US Open and was a two-time Australian Open champion.

During his trial, the court heard Becker earned around $50m during his career, but had an expensive lifestyle, including divorcing his wife Barbara in 2001.

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