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Former comedian jailed for breaching bankruptcy rules

A former comedian will be imprisoned for breaching bankruptcy rules and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

 

On Friday December 4th Anthony Lee Wright – who also goes by the name Anthony Cronley – was sentenced to 40 months imprisonment.

He had been investigated by the Insolvency Service and was prosecuted by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Mr Wright was found guilty of fraud, contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006, and sentenced to be imprisoned for 15 months, with both sentences running concurrently.

He was also found guilty of failing to deliver up a property to a trustee in a bankruptcy, contrary to sections 354(1)(a) and 350(6) of The Insolvency Act 1986, for which he was sentenced to ten months imprisonment.

Liverpool Crown Court discovered that Mr Wright, 48, had assumed the identity of Anthony Cronley to conceal his interest in a £108,000 property and deceive the Official Receiver. The move could have stopped the home being used to benefit his creditors.

In addition, the number of bankruptcy petitions made by creditors has fallen since 2006, according to Justice.gov.uk. In the third quarter of this year, 4,455 were issued, 15 per cent less than in the same quarter of 2009.

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