Boris Becker could be jailed as he faces bankruptcy conviction

Boris Becker case

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker could be sent to jail when convicted of flouting the terms of his 2017 bankruptcy.

The former world number one, 54, was found guilty earlier this month of transferring hundreds of thousands of pounds from his business account and failing to declare property in his hometown of Leimen, in Germany.

BBC commentator Becker was also found guilty of concealing an 825,000 euro (nearly £700,000) bank loan and 75,000 shares in a technology company.

Each breach of the Insolvency Act, which includes moving property, two counts of non-disclosure of estate and concealment of debt, carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Bankruptcy sale of Boris Becker
A selection of trophies from Boris Becker’s tennis career (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Judge Deborah Taylor will sentence six-time Grand Slam champion Becker, who was previously convicted of tax evasion and attempted tax evasion in Germany in 2002, at Southwark Crown Court from midday on Friday.

He told jurors his US$50million (about £38million) in career earnings had been swallowed up by a costly divorce from first wife Barbara Becker, child support and “death-style commitments.” expensive life.

The German national, who has lived in the UK since 2012, said he was “shocked” and “embarrassed” when he was declared bankrupt on June 21, 2017 over an unpaid loan of more than £3million on his property in Mallorca, Spain.

He claimed to have cooperated with administrators responsible for securing his assets, even offering his wedding ring, and to have relied on the advisers who managed his life.

However, Becker, who was supported in court by his partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro and eldest son Noah, was found guilty on four counts.

The court heard Becker received €1.13m (about £950,000) from the sale of a Mercedes car dealership he owned in Germany, which was paid into a business account used as a ‘piggy bank’ for his personal expenses.

Becker was found guilty of transferring 427.00 euros (£356,000) to nine recipients, including the accounts of his ex-wife Barbara and his ex-wife Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Becker, the mother of his fourth child .

He was further found guilty of failing to declare property in his hometown of Leimen, hiding an 825,000 euro (nearly £700,000) bank loan on the house as well as 75,000 shares in tech company Breaking Data Corp.