As is so often the case with fraud the conman seemed to be entirely brazen in his dealings; his confidence appeared to secure deals and it was only by chance and the appropriate scrutiny of someone processing a (fraudulent) mortgage application that his fraudulent enterprise was discovered. Would a greater degree of scepticism or further due diligence have prevented the frauds? Quite possibly; all I can say is that many of the fraudsters that I have met have appeared very charming and most convincing.
As Sergeant Phil Esterhaus used to say "Let's be careful out there"
William Davenport, 60, who claimed to earn almost half a million pounds a year as a computer executive, promised to spend whatever it took to preserve Windlestone Hall near Bishop Auckland in County Durham for future generations. But rather than being a jet-setting business mogul with millions in the bank, Davenport, was in fact a penniless conman, who span an elaborate web of deceit in order to build up a mind boggling property portfolio. Using a string of aliases and cache of forged documents, Davenport, managed to con banks, mortgage companies and even members of the aristocracy into believing he was a man of considerable means.