Boris Becker pleads not guilty to hiding assets, cash in bankruptcy case

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Boris Becker has pleaded not guilty to the charges of hiding more than $ 1.3 million in assets when he went bankrupt.

The tennis legend faces a prison sentence of up to seven years if convicted of all 19 counts of failing to meet his obligations to disclose his financial affairs after declaring bankruptcy in 2017.

Becker, who now lives in south London, appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, where he was accused of hiding $ 1.33 million from the trustees between May and September 2017, removing property , including $ 1 million in cash, and failing to disclose two properties. in Germany and an apartment in Chelsea, West London. He is also accused of hiding a debt of $ 959,000 and 75,000 shares of technology company Breaking Data Corp.

According to British newspaper The Times, the 52-year-old who first won the Wimbledon title at the age of just 17 spoke only to confirm his name, age and address and to make a plea not guilty.

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He was released on bail with an obligation for his lawyers to keep his passport unless he needed to travel to comment on tennis, despite Lady Arbuthnot, the chief judge, having expressed “serious reservations,” he said. might be tempted to flee to his native Germany.

The next hearing in this case will take place on October 22.

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