You are here: Home - News -

MPs call on banking giant Lloyds to compensate HBOS victims of fraud

  • 06/02/2017
  • 0
MPs call on banking giant Lloyds to compensate HBOS victims of fraud
MPs are calling for Lloyds Banking Group to pay compensation to the victims of two former HBOS employees who were jailed last week for defrauding small business owners and using the spoils for holidays and sex parties.

The BBC reported that MPs on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking sent Lloyds Banking Group chairman, Antonio Horta-Osorio, and its chairman Lord Blackwell an open letter asking for the bank to pay fair compensation to the victims of the fraud.

Former HBOS senior manager, Lynden Scourfield, 54, of Greenford, Middlesex, was sentenced to a total of 11 years and three months for conspiracy to corrupt, fraudulent trading and money laundering at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday.  The scam ran businesses into the ground and saw HBOS incur losses of £250m.

Scourfield was exposed for receiving bribes in the form of cash, holidays and sex parties in return for referring struggling customers to a corrupt consultant.

David Mills, 60, of Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, who headed up the consultancy firm that Scourfield referred businesses in financial difficulties to, was jailed for a total of 15 years.

Mills’ wife, Alison, 51, received three-and-a-half years, with business associates Michael Bancroft, 73, and John Cartwright, 72, got 10 years and three-and-half years, respectively. Mark Dobson who also worked at HBOS and received kickbacks from Mills was imprisoned for four-and-a-half years.

George Kerevan MP, chair of the parliamentary group, wrote in the letter: “We are at a point where, once again, there are a large group of aggrieved business people who have lost their livelihoods.

“Critically, many have endured years of financial duress and personal stress.”

He went on to say that detailed complaints of the criminal actions were raised with senior managers at HBOS and were repeated in 2007 to senior members of Lloyds when it had taken over the reins. Kerevan said in both instances, there was an internal failure to adequately investigate the complaints.

“Further, police investigations were delayed because both HBOS and subsequently Lloyds informed the authorities that it was the bank that was the wronged party – rather than small business customers – but that the bank had no wish to pursue a prosecution,” he said.

The group also wants assurances the bank will review its fraud procedures and publish the findings.

At the time when the crimes took place, Lloyds did not own HBOS.

There are 1 Comment(s)

You may also be interested in

Business Skills

In this section, we offer short ‘how to’ guides on harder to crack areas of business. From social media, to regulation or niche product areas, we cover it all.


Our journalists interview key industry entrepreneurs, strategists and commentators for day-to-day market insight and a strategic view of where the industry is heading. We offer lessons for success and explore the opportunities for your business

Success in Practice

Here, we share case studies fleshing out best practice to help you decide what could work for your business. Take a look at how others approached complex tasks like launching a new mortgage lender, advising on a new product area or deciding to specialise in another. Learn from others mistakes and triumphs.


Each week, we ask top mortgage and property commentators with a unique perspective to examine a key news headline, market move or regulatory or political issue.


Vote in our weekly poll here. It’s your chance to tell us what you think and be heard on the top news stories of the week. Review our archive to find out what your industry really thinks and all our coverage of the results.

Top Comments

Be part of the conversation on Mortgage Solutions. We want to hear from you. We have a tool called Disqus to tell us which stories get the most comments each week. Every Friday, the team picks the most thoughtful or opinionated contributions from our readers to enjoy again. Don’t forget to share your favourite stories from the site on social media to keep the conversation going.
  • RT @robjupp: Great day yesterday for donations to @MortSleepOut. With Gift Aid, we are now close to £17,000. It would be great to get to £2…

Read previous post:
Steve Goodall, Legal and General Surveying Services
Why we must embrace new-build methods – Steve Goodall

As a rule, developers in the UK look to build as cost effectively as possible in order to maximise the...