ELLA Henderson’s father has been ordered to pay £435k in damages after being jailed for a series of frauds.
Sean Henderson, father of the X Factor star, was jailed in 2018 after defrauding wealthy investors out of £4.7m
The 55-year-old is a key figure in a group that has promised innocent victims huge profits, and is said to have made more than £565,700 from ill-gotten gains.
But detectives only managed to track down £435,000 worth of property, with the court ruling that he would have to pay it back in three months.
He was jailed for three and a half years at Sheffield Crown Court in April 2018, and has now been released from prison.
A criminal hearing obtained a ruling that he would have to earn money within three months to cover the property.
Henderson even tried to blame the “mafia” for cash during his trial, but a grand jury convicted him of one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and one count of VAT fraud in three trials.
He was heavily involved in the career of 26-year-old Ella, after she became a star in the 2012 X Factor finale, and has previously denied all allegations.
In court, Ella was designated as the person who greeted police at her father’s address, Tetney Manor, North East Lincs, but the judge banned the press from naming her in the news until the end of the trial.
She told officers her father was at her £800-a-month London address, which he rented, and where Henderson was arrested on 22 April 2013.
Ella rose to fame when she was a contestant on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, a televised finalist and finishing sixth.
She was then signed by Simon Cowell’s Syco record label and her debut album ‘Chapter One’ reached number one in the UK.
Henderson is the owner of the sales and marketing company Crystal Power with his Irish partner Stephen Keegan, but the businessman has denied any involvement in a scam that is said to have demanded 5.4 million euros. .
The total amount involved in the cases is £870,000 to £900,000, and his co-conspirator, Stephen Keegan, 50, was jailed for three years and nine months in April 2017.
Victims of many millionaires are told that their proposed investments will yield interest – but when wealthy benefactors receive nothing in return, they are sent a series of excuses.
One of the victims who lost money had “lost many nights of sleep” and another said that he and his wife would not be able to retire as planned because they had lost 80% of their assets.
Judge Paul Watson QC said at the time: “The whole scheme is a premeditated deliberate fraud intended to deprive innocent victims of a substantial portion of the life savings. poem.”
Henderson also denied fraudulently evading VAT between June and December 2007 but was found guilty by a second jury at Sheffield Crown Court in October 2016.
The amount involved in that matter was more than £26,000 and Henderson was cleared of fraud in September 2017 following a third trial.
In total, there were seven not-so-familiar convictions for the charges he faced in the three trials.
He took his case to London’s Court of Appeal in 2017 but his conviction was upheld, with the judge’s ruling being “totally null and void”.
This week, cases recur at Doncaster Crown Court, where the long-awaited criminal trial is taking place.
The criminal benefit for which Henderson is alleged to have received is just over £565,711 and his available or realizable assets are £435,000.
Compensation will be paid to the two victims in the amount of approximately £235,716 and £165,025 as well as £34,257 to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
Judge Michael Slater said: “From the very beginning there has been a tremendous amount of work dealing with this case.
“I am pleased that the two complainants will receive substantial compensation as a result of everyone’s efforts on this order.”
For Keegan, benefits came in at just over £531,453, with assets just over £552,659.
Compensation will be paid to three victims for a total of two lots of £202,981 each and a third just over £125,491.
He also has three months to pay, with a five-year prison sentence in default. Henderson declined to comment.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4585226/ella-hendersons-fraudster-dad-fraud-scam-pay/ The X Factor star’s fraudster Ella Henderson’s father has demanded £435k in payments in the three months following the £4.7m scam