Boris Becker accused of hiding tennis trophies during bankruptcy | UK News


Boris Becker has been accused of concealing trophies and medals won during his illustrious tennis career, including two of his three Wimbledon singles wins, from bankruptcy trustees.Appearing in Southwark Crown Court in London on Thursday, Becker, already facing 19 existing charges relating to non-compliance with legal information disclosure obligations, was faced with nine additional charges which allege he has hid some of the spoils of his playing career to avoid they are sold to settle debts.

One of the new accusations concerns his 1985 All England Club trophy, when he became Wimbledon’s youngest men’s singles champion at the age of 17 years and seven months, catapulting him to world fame.

The 52-year-old German, declared bankrupt in June 2017, arrived in court wearing a black mask bearing the Stronger Together logo, a gray suit and a blue and white striped tie. He only spoke to confirm his name, deny all 28 charges and confirm that he understands he would risk arrest if he does not appear at the trial, scheduled for September 13 of next year. .

Other prizes he is accused of concealing are the 1985 and 1989 President’s Cup, a 1988 Davis Cup gold coin and a 1989 Davis Cup trophy, the 1989 Wimbledon trophy, the 1991 and 1996 Australian Open trophies and a 1992 Olympic gold medal.

The indictment accuses Becker of concealing property from bankruptcy trustees, including transferring sums of money to a number of people, including a total of € 44,372.90 (£ 40,000) in two separate transactions to his ex-wife Barbara Becker in 2017. The couple divorced in 2001.

He is also accused of having – again in two separate transactions – transferring a total of € 105,497 to his now estranged wife, Sharlely Becker, in 2017. The couple separated in 2018.

Becker was accused last year of hiding assets including an apartment in Chelsea and £ 1.2million in cash from bankruptcy trustees in a lawsuit that could lead to seven years of jail.

At a hearing in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in September last year, the court learned that he owned an apartment at Coleherne Court in Chelsea, west London, as well as two properties in Germany , which were not reported between June and October 2017. He also concealed the value of his debt. £ 754,190 and a bank account of £ 1.2million, plus 75,000 shares in artificial intelligence firm Breaking Data Corp, the court has been informed.

The 19 pre-existing counts consist of seven counts of concealment of property, four counts of omitting statements relating to bank accounts with JP Morgan Belgium and Julius Baer Guernsey, two counts of removal of property demanded by the receiver, five counts of non-disclosure of his estate details and one count of debt concealment.

Becker was Germany’s first men’s singles champion at Wimbledon and the first unranked winner.

The former world No.1 and six-time Grand Slam champion collected 49 singles titles from 77 finals during his 16 years as a professional.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003 and appears regularly as a summary and expert commentator on the BBC. He also coached current world No.1 Novak Djokovic from 2013 to 2016 – a period that earned him six Grand Slam titles.


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