July 7, 1985 was the biggest day in Boris Becker’s (54) life. At the age of 17, he won Wimbledon. April 29, 2022 is his worst day in London as well. This Friday, Southwark Crown Court Judge Deborah Taylor will announce the verdict in the bankruptcy lawsuit. Should one of the greatest German sports heroes ever go to prison?
SPORT BILD answers the most important questions …
► What was the verdict against Becker?
The 11 jurors found Becker guilty in four of 24 counts on April 8. Between 22 June and 28 September 2017, Becker made nine transfers totaling EUR 426,930.90 for professional and private purposes – he should not have done so after his bankruptcy declaration on 21 June 2017. Money went, among other things, to Becker’s ex-wife Lilly and Barbara Becker Becker also saved a property for the English insolvency authorities – his parents’ house in Leimen. He is also said to have hidden a loan of 825,000 euros from a Liechtenstein bank on the house in Leimen. Becker is not said to have given 75,000 shares in Breaking Data Corp.
► What punishment can be expected?
“It’s getting tight for him,” said renowned lawyer Paul Vogel, an expert in British criminal law. “If you compare the situation with similar cases, there are many indications that the court will impose a prison sentence, which Boris Becker must also serve. Two years would not be unrealistic. The sentence would have been lower if he had pleaded guilty in the beginning. “Becker, however, tried to blame his advisers for being the culprit. British criminal justice expert Mark Stephens expects a” prison sentence of between twelve and 18 months “. Open execution is also possible. During the criminal proceedings, Becker has repeatedly testified that his advisers had filled in the necessary forms. However, this argument does not apply to the nine transfers which he himself actively made. ” especially critical when performing active covert actions such as transfers, “says Vogel.
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► Does the verdict in England play a role in Becker being sentenced in 2002 to two years’ conditional imprisonment in Germany for tax evasion for 1.7 million euros?
Yes! Becker is a repeat offender. “The court always assesses the overall picture, and a previous verdict does not speak for Boris Becker,” says Vogel.
► Is the verdict announced on April 29 finally?
None! Becker can appeal, but the English prosecution cannot.
► Will Becker get his passport back on April 29 and can he work as a TV expert for Eurosport at the French Open (from May 22)?
It is at the discretion of the court. If Becker can convince the latter that there is no risk of escape and he faces the further case, he can get his passport back.
► Is Becker rid of all money worries after the verdict was issued?
no Bankruptcy proceedings against him in England continue. It is only “finished the moment everything that once belonged to me is sold,” Becker said. 15 creditors demand him 59 million euros back. Becker reportedly owed his former business partner Hans-Dieter Cleven 37 million euros alone.
► Do creditors get their money back?
Just a fraction of that. According to the Insolvency Act, a creditor gets only 0.85 øre back for every euro of debt. This means, for example: out of one million euros, only 8,500 euros are returned. Since the bankruptcy began in 2017, about four million euros have been raised from Becker’s fortune. In 2019, 82 memorabilia such as trophies, medals and rackets, even worn tennis socks, were auctioned off. Nearly 900,000 euros were collected. There was also jewelry worth 46,000 euros. Some money was still in various accounts. But allegedly more than 1.5 million euros went to insolvency administrators, lawyers and experts. The finca in Mallorca became the property of the private bank that had granted Becker the loan for the property.
► How much money did Becker used to have?
His fortune was previously estimated at 100 million euros, which Becker denies. He talked more about half. Becker earned 23 million euros gross of the prize money alone. There were also very well-paid advertising contracts.
► How did Becker “burn” his money?
The women cost him the most. The divorce from Barbara Becker allegedly cost 15 million euros. Angela Ermakova (“diet closet affair”) is said to have received around five million euros plus a monthly fee of 5100 euros. In addition, there was or is still maintenance for his four children Noah (28), Elias (22), Anna (22) and Amadeus (12). In addition, several corporate bankruptcies cost a lot of money. The luxurious lifestyle also played a role. Private jet flights with escorts were not uncommon.