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The Apprentice contestant charged with mortgage fraud

A mortgage broker who was a contestant on The Apprentice has been charged with fraud.

Christopher Farrell of Plymouth, a former self-employed mortgage broker, was yesterday charged with fraud by false mistrepresentation.

The charges state that Farrell forged documents including pay slips and P60 forms in order to secure mortgages for his clients.

CPS Devon and Cornwall Senior Crown Advocate David Gittins said in a statement: “I received a file of evidence in relation to allegations of mortgage fraud in October. Having carefully considered  all of the available evidence I have decided that Christopher Farrell be charged with four counts of fraud by false representation.”

He was originally arrested in August and will appear before local magistrates again on December 22.

Farrell, who is a former Royal Marine, was fired from the current series of The Apprentice in November.

Lord Sugar told Farrell that he was too nice, adding: “You do work hard. My concern is that you perhaps do not have that spark of entrepreneurial genius  that I am looking for.”


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There are 4 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. I’m not a defamation lawyer, but……. I suspect you should change the byline on the front page of the site which says he’s been “found guilty”.

  2. I supose there is a difference between what Farrell is purported to have done (forging things) and what a sinister government minister (Mandelson) did in putting false information (a lie) on his mortgage application to Nationwide, but what I don’t understand is why the former was charged when the latter wasn’t.

  3. Following on from Peter Benjamin “Mandy” Mandelson 11th December 2010 at 6:56 pm

    One rule for some but not others! Remember Peter Benjamin “Mandy” Mandelson, Baron Mandelson who bought a home in Notting Hill in 1996 with the assistance of an interest-free loan of £373,000 from Geoffrey Robinson, a millionaire Labour MP who was also in the Government, but was subject to an inquiry into his business dealings by Mandelson’s department. Geoffrey enojoyed park his wealth offshore!

    Mandelson should have declared the loan in the Register of Members’ Interests and had also not declared the loan to his building society.
    Mandelson was Crash Gordon’s right hand man and of course Crash Gordon was the head of the Treasury and father of the FSA.

    Brown has replaced a saving culture with a debt culture. Since 1997 Britain’s savings ratio – including pension’s savings – has halved and yet as we speak Browns executive arm the Financial Services Authority (via their Retail Distribution Review) is still implementing the destruction of those best able to implement a culture of personal responsibility via life pensions and investments savings – the independent adviser. Browns legacy as accepted by Mark (rubber stamp) Hoban MP will be the destruction of the savings culture and those best able to reverse this trend the independent financial adviser community.

  4. I seem to recall Peter Mandelson disb’t get charged for fraud following his interest-free loan of £373,000 from Geoffrey Robinson, and his failure to declared the loan to his building society (the Britannia).

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