A former tennis champion, Boris Becker, went on trial in London for accused hiding property, including nine tennis trophies, from bankruptcy trustees and evading his obligation to disclose financial information to settle his debts.
Prosecutors said Boris Becker, 54, was accused dishonestly in court when he concealed or failed to turn over assets before and after filing for bankruptcy in June 2017. He is on trial on 24 counts under the bankruptcy laws.
Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said she accused Boris Becker of hiding the assets with all his tennis trophies, including his 1985 and 1989 Wimbledon men’s singles title. And also 1991 and 1996 Australian Open trophies and gold medal in 1992 Olympic.
They accused Boris Becker of hiding $1.25 million from selling a Mercedes car dealership he owned in Germany. He allegedly also declared two German properties and hid a bank loan of $9.06 million.
Becker, who is out on bond, denies all charges.
Chalkley said that the prosecution case effectively hid or made itself unavailable to those responsible for identifying the assets. She also added that The indictment says that Mr. Becker did this both before and after his bankruptcy settlement by failing to disclose, provide, deliver or withdraw assets or things of value.
Becker sat on the bench with a German translator. Becker, former World No. 1 and six-time Grand Slam champion, amassed 49 singles titles from 77 finals as a professional tennis player in his sixteen years.
However, they were expecting this trial to last several weeks.