The trial of Boris Becker, accused of fraud linked to his bankruptcy, began on Monday at Southwark Court in London. Declaring personal bankruptcy in June 2017 in London, Boris Becker, 54, is accused of failing to honor his information disclosure obligations, particularly banking, and risks up to seven years in prison for this.
The six-time Grand Slam winner is accused of hiding several possessions and around 2.1 million euros. He is also accused of not handing over some of his Wimbledon and Australian Open titles in order to settle his debts. Sold at auction, prizes and personal souvenirs fetched him 765,000 euros.
“Mr. Baker acted dishonestly with respect to his property, which he concealed, or made available, to those responsible for determining the assets,” Attorney General Rebecca Chalke has charged in Southwark Court in London. “Bankrupts who tamper with the system and act in bad faith must be punished.” He defended the charge again. The trial, which was scheduled to last three weeks, began with the selection of the jury, requested by Judge Deborah Taylor.“Ignores” The fame of the accused.
He’s had other legal setbacks
In July 2019, 82 items, including trophies and personal memorabilia, were sold at auction and fetched 765,000 euros, an amount intended to pay off part of the athlete’s debts.
The former player had already had legal setbacks due to unpaid debts with Spanish justice, in connection with work at his villa in Mallorca, and with Swiss justice, for not paying the priest he married in 2009. 2002, German courts sentenced him to a two-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 500,000 euros for about 1.7 million euros in tax arrears.
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