Tennis terrific Boris Becker sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for bankruptcy offenses - ESPN

LONDON -- Tennis wonderful Boris Becker turned into sentenced to 2½ years in penal complex Friday for illicitly transferring enormous amounts of cash and hiding assets after he turned into declared bankrupt.

The three-time Wimbledon champion was convicted earlier this month on 4 charges below the Insolvency Act and had confronted a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

choose Deborah Taylor announced the sentence after hearing arguments from the prosecutor and from Becker's attorney.

The 54-year-old German become discovered to have transferred a whole bunch of lots of pounds after his June 2017 bankruptcy from his business account to different money owed, including those of ex-wife Barbara and estranged spouse Sharlely "Lilly" Becker.

Becker changed into 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 company.

The jury at Southwark Crown courtroom in London acquitted him on 20 other counts, including charges that he didn't give up his many awards, together with two Wimbledon trophies and an Olympic gold medal.

Becker, wearing a striped tie in Wimbledon's red and eco-friendly hues, walked into the courthouse hand in hand with girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro.

The six-time Grand Slam champion has denied the entire expenses, announcing he had cooperated with trustees tasked with securing his belongings -- even providing up his wedding ring -- and had acted on expert guidance.

on the sentencing listening to Friday, prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley stated that Becker had acted "deliberately and dishonestly" and that he became "nonetheless searching for to blame others."

defense legal professional Jonathan Laidlaw argued for leniency, asserting his client hadn't spent funds on a "lavish way of life" however reasonably on infant aid, rent, and prison and company prices. Becker, he informed the courtroom, has experienced "public humiliation" and has no future income potential.

Becker's bankruptcy stemmed from a four.6 million euro mortgage from a private financial institution in 2013, in addition to about $1.6 million borrowed from a British businessman the yr after, in line with testimony on the trial.

throughout the trial, Becker talked about his $50 million profession revenue had been swallowed up by using funds for an "expensive divorce" and accounts when he lost giant chunks of his earnings after retirement.

Becker rose to stardom in 1985 at the age of 17 when he grew to be the primary unseeded participant to win the Wimbledon singles title, and he later rose to the No. 1 ranking. He has lived in Britain on the grounds that 2012.

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