The Apprentice contestant Christopher Farrell has been given a nine month suspended sentence for fraud.
According to a report by the Press Association, the former mortgage broker, who appeared in the most recent series of the show, doctored customers’ applications so they were more likely to be loaned money, including inflating salaries and forging documents.
Farrell was arrested last August after a bank realised what was happening.
At the time, Farrell tried to blame colleagues for forging the documents but he pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation before magistrates in Plymouth last month.
Appearing at Plymouth Crown Court today, he was given a nine month sentence, suspended for two years, and 200 hours community service.
He is reported to have said: “I’m really sorry about what’s happened. It shouldn’t have happened and it is something I deeply regret.
“I am wanting to put it behind me and move on with my life and I would like to thank everyone for their support during a tough time in my life.”