The fate of Boris Becker will be decided on Friday afternoon
Boris Becker was found guilty by a jury three weeks ago. Since then, he has been followed on every trip in London. Now the verdict will be announced. His last hours as a free man may have dawned.
ONEn Friday afternoon, referee Deborah Taylor announced in London whether one of the biggest German sports idols was going to jail. Boris Becker is being tried at Southwark Crown Court for his conviction in his bankruptcy lawsuit.
Becker was found guilty in four out of 24 cases by a grand jury three weeks ago. The maximum that Judge Taylor can impose is seven years. Speculation abounds about whether the 54-year-old will end up behind bars or get away with a suspended sentence. If sentenced to prison, Becker would first go to a London jail and then be transferred to another jail somewhere in England.
According to the head of the British bankruptcy authority, Leimeneren should e.g. get a noticeable penalty. “This verdict is a clear warning to anyone who thinks they can hide their belongings and get away with it,” Dean Beale said after the jury’s verdict on April 8. The British judiciary sometimes makes harsh judgments about tax fraud and bankruptcy.
Boris Becker is said to need hidden accounts as a “piggy bank”.
Becker, the father of four children, was declared bankrupt by the High Court in London in June 2017 and should have disclosed all private assets. Instead, the jury found it proved that he had diverted € 427,000 from his assets and transferred them to third parties, including his two ex-wives, Barbara and Lilly. Secondly, he did not disclose ownership of a property in Leimen. Thirdly, he also concealed a loan of EUR 825,000 from a bank in Liechtenstein and, fourthly, shares in a computer company of EUR 75,000.
Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley accused Becker of using his hidden accounts as a “piggy bank” to fund his and his family’s luxurious lifestyle. During cross-examination, Chalkley repeatedly accused Becker of shifting all responsibility to others – which Becker stoically denied with the phrase “This is not correct”. Becker has lived in London for ten years and works there as a tennis expert for the BBC.
Many Britons are fans of the former tennis pro, and Becker is a fixture in the gossip press. Now paparazzi are following him everywhere to show his life under “house arrest”. He can move freely until the verdict is announced. But his passport is with the authorities, he must not leave the country. The newspaper “Daily Mail” found Becker a few days ago when he met his twelve-year-old son Amadeus. And also when Becker left a filmmaker’s office. Perhaps he is planning a documentation of this chapter in his life that many find tragic. But it could also serve as a new source of revenue.
Becker would not be the only one to subsequently make some financial profit on a verdict from London judges. Award-winning English filmmaker Chris Atkins turned his experience into a successful book. Atkins had illegally used tax-saving models for productions and smuggled 1.2 million euros past the tax authorities – for which he received five years in prison in 2016. He had to spend half of it in a closed prison.