Boris Becker faces 7 years' jail if found guilty of hiding assets

Tennis legend Boris Becker looked anguished today after he was told that he faces seven years in jail if found guilty of hiding assets including a Chelsea flat, two German properties and £1.2million in cash when he filed for bankruptcy. 

The former world No 1 appeared to have bags under his eyes as he put his head in his hands while dining at Scott's seafood restaurant in Mayfair, London. 

Troubled Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017, and last year faced claims that he had failed to fully declare his estate to the Insolvency Service.

The High Court has imposed restrictions on the multiple Grand Slam winner's finances for the next 11 years, as the Official Receiver raised concerns over 'undisclosed,' transactions.  

The German, 52, has indicated a not guilty plea to concealing a total of 2,008,715 euros and 44 cents (£1.83million), as well as two properties in his homeland and a Chelsea flat which he was required to deliver up to the trustee to the estate.  

Westminster Magistrates Court also heard he hid shares in an artificial intelligence firm and 825,000 euro in debt during the hearing. 

Tennis legend Boris Becker looked anguished today after he was told that he faces seven years in jail if found guilty of hiding assets including a Chelsea flat, two German properties and £1.2million in cash when he filed for bankruptcy

Tennis legend Boris Becker looked anguished today after he was told that he faces seven years in jail if found guilty of hiding assets including a Chelsea flat, two German properties and £1.2million in cash when he filed for bankruptcy

The former world No 1 appeared to have bags under his eyes as he put his head in his hands while dining at Scott's seafood restaurant in Mayfair, London

The former world No 1 appeared to have bags under his eyes as he put his head in his hands while dining at Scott's seafood restaurant in Mayfair, London

Troubled Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017, and last year faced claims that he had failed to fully declare his estate to the Insolvency Service

Troubled Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017, and last year faced claims that he had failed to fully declare his estate to the Insolvency Service

Becker, pictured outside court, today denied hiding his property portfolio along with bank accounts and shares in an artificial intelligence company during his bankruptcy proceedings

Becker, pictured outside court, today denied hiding his property portfolio along with bank accounts and shares in an artificial intelligence company during his bankruptcy proceedings

Becker, who now lives in a Thameside apartment block in Battersea, faces a maximum of seven years in prison if he is found guilty of the 19 charges.

He was denied unconditional bail and was instead told that he must sacrifice his passport and inform the Insolvency Service two days before he makes any international trip for the purposes of work. 

Rebecca Chalkley, prosecuting for the Insolvency Service, said she had no objection to unconditional bail.

But Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: 'I am struck about the dishonesty being alleged, not just once or twice but spread over a number of months.

'That gives me grave reservations about a man even of a man of good character.

'I am suggesting GPS tracking, in a wide area of London. He's a German national and Germany does not extradite its nationals.

'If he was to go to Germany, the entire case would have to be moved there which would cause great inconvenience.'

Jonathan Caplan QC, defending, said: 'With all due respect, there's no question that Mr Becker will not attend court. 

Tennis legend Boris Becker looked anguished today after he was told that he faces seven years in jail if found guilty of hiding assets including a Chelsea flat, two German properties and £1.2million in cash when he filed for bankruptcy

Tennis legend Boris Becker looked anguished today after he was told that he faces seven years in jail if found guilty of hiding assets including a Chelsea flat, two German properties and £1.2million in cash when he filed for bankruptcy

The former world No 1 appeared to have bags under his eyes as he put his head in his hands while dining at Scott's seafood restaurant in Mayfair, London

The former world No 1 appeared to have bags under his eyes as he put his head in his hands while dining at Scott's seafood restaurant in Mayfair, London

Becker today denied hiding his property portfolio along with bank accounts and shares in an artificial intelligence company during his bankruptcy proceedings

Becker today denied hiding his property portfolio along

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