THE dad of X-Factor star Ella Henderson has been revealed as a con artist who fleeced wealthy victims out of millions.
Sean Henderson, 51, has been convicted of two counts of fraud for his part in a €5.4 million (£4.7m) get-rich-quick scam in Ireland and for failing to declare huge earnings to the taxman.
Ella, 21, who shot to fame in the ninth series of the talent show, answered the door when police raided the family’s £650,000 family home in Tetney, near Grimsby, Lincolnshire in April 2013.
Mr Henderson – who manages Ella – denied the get-rich-quick scam and VAT fraud at two separate trials last year, but was convicted by juries at Sheffield Crown Court.
The first trial heard he had preyed upon “wealthy individuals” and taken their money through “lies deceit and deception”.
The second jury was told he had failed to declare “sizeable amounts of commission” for VAT after his business in the gas and power industry got into difficulty.
He was found not guilty of theft yesterday after he was accused of falsely acquiring £40,000 of finance.
The businessman was granted bail and will now be sentenced at a later date.
The climax of the third trial meant a reporting restriction banning any mention of Ella Henderson was lifted by the court yesterday.
Mr Henderson owned sales and marketing company Crystal Power with Irish partner Stephen Keegan, which the court heard raised more than £4.7m through the scam.
The Grimsby Telegraph reports Keegan, 45, Sheppards Field, Wimborne, Dorset, pleaded guilty to fraud and was jailed for three years and nine months at a separate hearing on April 13 this year
Ella Henderson’s debut album reached number one in 2014 after she finished sixth on the ITV1 show.
She recently toured with Take That and is working on her second album.
The court heard she was renting her London flat to her father for £800-a-month at the time of his arrest.
Speaking of her dad’s arrest at the time, she said: “We’re a very strong family.
“It takes a lot for me to break down or cry. Someone would have to be terminally ill for that to happen.”