Jail for 'deceptive' Chasidic psychologist

By James Brewster, February 8, 2011

A top psychologist who used a string of aliases to avoid paying off massive debts had his sentence backed by top judges today.

Yehuda Crammer, of Danesway, Prestwich, was jailed for two years and six months at Manchester Crown Court last June after admitting two counts of "concealing property" in breach of the Insolvency Act.

Mr Justice Irwin, sitting in London's Appeal Court with Lord Justice Aikens and Judge Jeremy Roberts QC, said Crammer had been declared bankrupt in January 2004, with evidence suggesting he had accumulated over £1 million in debts.

Despite his status as a bankrupt he "completely ignored his obligations", said the judge, and failed to disclose assets which he "owned or had under his control".

He used over 40 aliases to rack up £319,000 in credit, also using a variety of false addresses.

Mr Justice Irwin said Crammer, 65, was a once respected pillar of north Manchester's Jewish Chasidic community, who had carved out a prestigious career as a psychologist.

But he was guilty of "sustained and deliberate deception", the court heard.

Mr Justice Irwin dismissed his sentence challenge, concluding that the crown court judge had carried out a "model sentencing exercise".

Last updated: 5:11pm, February 8 2011