Thursday 22 February 2018

X Factor star Ella Henderson's dad facing jail after conviction for defrauding wealthy Irish investors in get-rich-quick scheme

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Ella Henderson (C) and parents Michelle and Sean attend a drinks reception at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball held at The Dorchester on November 20, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Ella Henderson (C) and parents Michelle and Sean attend a drinks reception at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball held at The Dorchester on November 20, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
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The father of X Factor star Ella Henderson has been convicted of conning wealthy Irish investors out of millions.

Sean Henderson, a former car salesman, faces a prison sentence after being convicted of one count of conspiracy to defraud and one count of VAT evasion.

The convictions came following two separate trials last year.  A third trial, which took place yesterday, saw him cleared of all charges.

The first trial for fraud last year revealed the 51-year-old businessman was the owner of sales and marketing company Crystal Power with his Irish partner Stephen Keegan.

Keegan admitted his involvement in the scam, which saw several wealthy investors lose a reported €5.4 million, and was sentenced to three years and nine months in a separate hearing in April this year.

Henderson denied involvement and said he had simply put the account in Keegan’s name.

During the trial, prosecutor David Dixon told the court in Sheffield, “This case is about lies, deceit and deception practiced by this defendant and others upon wealthy individuals from the Irish Republic.”

Henderson was convicted of fraud on May 4 last year by a majority of 10 to 2.

Ella Henderson shot to fame in 2012 when she made it to the finals of X Factor.  She came sixth but was still signed by Syco, Simon Cowell’s record label and her debut album hit number one in the UK.

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Ella Henderson on The X Factor

The court heard that Ella met police at the door of her father’s home address in Grimsby in April 2013 and she told police that her father was in London at an address which he rented from her.

He was arrested at that address.

Following a second trial in September last year Henderson was convicted of VAT evasion but cleared of other offences.

Following his convictions for VAT evasion and conspiracy to defraud he was released on bail and will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on November 17.

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