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1. Do not bounce six-digit checks for luxury items you cannot afford.
2. Do not create children you do not intend to raise or support





Roscoe Tanner Arrested in Florida
By REUTERS


Filed at 5:13 p.m. ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Reuters) - Former tennis star Roscoe Tanner has been arrested in Florida on charges of bouncing a $35,600 check three years ago, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Tanner, 51, was extradited on Sunday from Germany, where he was living, the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office said.

The U.S.-born Tanner was a top-ranked player during the 1970s. He won the Australian Open in 1977 and was runner-up at Wimbledon in 1979.

Prosecutors said he wrote a bad check to buy a boat while he was working at a local tennis club and charged him with grand theft. If convicted on all charges, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

Tanner entered a written plea of not guilty. He was being held pending a $55,000 bond.

The Sheriff's Department in Somerset County, New Jersey, had also issued a warrant for Tanner's arrest, accusing him of failing to pay $71,000 in child support.
 

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3. Pay the taxes on your Slam earnings.
4. Do not be your own accountant. You will get dizzy from looking at all of the zeros.
5. If you plan to cheat, wear a condom.



Becker faces new demand for back taxes

Posted: Monday August 04, 2003 11:16 AM


MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- Boris Becker's lawyer said Monday the retired tennis star faces a new demand from German authorities for back taxes, but denied a newspaper report the amount was as high as $752,000.

The Suddeutsche Zeitung daily reported Monday that the three-time Wimbledon winner, sentenced to two years probation for tax evasion last October, has attracted the attention of Munich's tax collection department, which can freeze bank accounts and assets.

"There is contested income, but less than that amount," said Joerg Weigell. "There has been no warning issued about the taxes from the city of Munich, nor the threat of the collections department."

Munich tax officials refused to comment on the matter, citing privacy laws. The taxes stem from Becker's playing days in the 1990s.

Last year, Becker was subjected to a highly publicized tax-evasion trial by Munich prosecuters for claiming he lived in Monaco while actually conducting his business in Munich.

Along with the two years probation, Becker was slapped with $565,000 in fines -- a penalty that stopped short of the prison sentence prosecutors had sought. He paid $3.4 milllion in back taxes to settle the matter.

Becker's career since he retired from the game in 1999 has been rocky, and there has been consistent unconfirmed speculation that he has squandered a fortune accumulated as a player and top pitchman for products in Germany.

His problems include a string of failed businesses, plus a costly divorce from former wife Barbara. He is also paying support for an out-of-wedlock child with a Russian model.
 
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