Three jailed for business scam

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Three men, including one from Dronfield, who helped self-styled ‘Lord’ Edward Davenport mastermind a multi-million-pound fraud have been jailed.

Davenport, who owns Sierra Leone’s former High Commission in west London, orchestrated an ‘advanced fee fraud’ scheme in which scores of businesses were ripped off.

He pretended Gresham Ltd was a respectable firm with 50 years’ experience of sourcing huge commercial loans.

Richard Stephens, aged 65, of Ennerdale Road, Dronfield Woodhouse, was jailed for four years and two months for conspiracy to defraud.

David McHugh, 54, of Warrington, received three years and eight months for the same offence.

David Horsfall, 56, of Surrey, was jailed for 17 months for fraud.