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Tennis legend Boris Becker was sentenced Friday to more than two years in prison for bankruptcy.
Earlier this month, Baker was found guilty of illegally moving hundreds of thousands of dollars from a bank account after he declared bankruptcy. Baker was convicted of four counts of British insolvency law: removal of property and concealment of debt and two counts of nondisclosure of property.
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A jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court found the German tennis star guilty on April 8. It turned out that he had transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars after his bankruptcy in June 2017 from his business account to other accounts, including those of his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Charlie Baker.
Becker, 54, was also convicted of failing to advertise property in Germany and concealing an $895,000 bank loan and shares in a technology company. He was acquitted of 20 other charges, including accusations that he failed to hand over two Wimbledon titles and an Olympic gold medal, among other awards.
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Becker said during the trial that “extensive lifestyle commitments” squandered more than $50 million of his career earnings. His bankruptcy stemmed from a $5 million loan from a private bank in 2013, as well as a $1.6 million borrowing from a British businessman in 2014, according to trial testimony.
Baker denied all charges before his conviction and eventual sentencing.
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Becker won three Wimbledon titles, two Australian Opens, and the US Open during his tennis career. He finished the semi-finals of the French Open three times.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.