Former Tennis player, Boris Becker found guilty of four charges under Insolvency Act

Boris Becker, an ex-tennis player, was convicted guilty of four crimes related to his 2017 bankruptcy under the Insolvency Act.

The former world number one has been accused of concealing assets worth millions of pounds in order to avoid paying his obligations.

In June 2017, he was declared bankrupt due to an outstanding loan of more than £3 million on his Mallorca home.

Becker, 54, was acquitted of 20 more charges on Friday at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

He was found not guilty of nine charges of failing to hand up trophies and medals earned during his tennis career, including two Wimbledon men’s singles titles.

Outside the court, the six-time Grand Slam champion told reporters he would not be commenting on the decision.

After his bankruptcy, he was found guilty of transferring hundreds of thousands of pounds from his business account, failing to report a property in Germany, and concealing €825,000 in debt.

For each count, he may face a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Becker told the jury that his $50 million (£38 million) in career earnings were spent on an expensive divorce from his first wife in 2001, child maintenance payments, and “expensive lifestyle obligations,” including as his £22,000-a-month rental residence in Wimbledon, south-west London.

When he was declared bankrupt, the former tennis star told the court that he was “shocked” and “embarrassed,” and that he had cooperated with those tasked with protecting his assets, including offering up his wedding ring.

Becker, a German resident who has lived in the UK since 2012, was found not guilty of failing to report a second German home and his involvement in his daughter’s £2.5 million Chelsea flat.

During the trial, he claimed that he made a “significant amount” during his career, paying cash for many houses, but that his income “dramatically decreased” after he retired in 1999.

Becker’s barrister, Jonathan Laidlaw QC, claimed he was too “trusting and reliant” on his advice at the time of his bankruptcy.

Judge Deborah Taylor directed the jury of 11 men and one woman to disregard Becker’s popularity at the opening of the trial.

“You must treat him as you would someone you have never heard of and who is not in the public eye,” she advised.

“This conviction serves as a strong signal to anyone who think they can hide their assets and get away with it,” said Dean Beale, chief executive of the Insolvency Service. You’ll be discovered and prosecuted.”

Becker has been released on bail until his sentencing hearing on April 29.

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