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The Apprentice contestant handed suspended sentence for fraud

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.”


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  1. Dishonest? False representation? Blaming others? No wonder Karren Brady liked him on The Apprentice. She will probably give him a job helping her destroy West Ham United football club.

  2. And he didn’t get the job as well!

  3. ‘Doctored customers’ applications so they were more likely to be loaned money, including inflating salaries and forging documents’ ………..or as the rest of the industry refers to it ‘the housing boom’!

  4. He has successfully given Apprentice contestants a bad name.

  5. Darn those bankers! You were doing a good job Chris.

  6. .He came over in the show as a presentable, dare I say professional, man with an admirable background and a hard worker. All the attributes you’d be looking for if we want the adviser industry to regain standing with the Great British Public.

    Instead he’s an obvious crook motivated by self greed and what’s worse hasn’t the background to admit the offences when he was found out, rather blame others.

    In hindsight he was a cocky upstart, bent and obviously spineless.

    For the sake of the industry, my view he should have spent some time inside. There was no mention of him being banned for working in our industry – time for the FSA to do their bit.

    Shame the country did away with the stocks, I’m sure all honest brokers would be lining up to throw things at him; none of us needs the likes of this to further tarnish our industry.

    If he was happy to seek fame and fortune via the BBC’s Apprentice, he should get a complimentary punishment; remember he’d been under investigation before the series started, anyone with any credibility would have withdrawn from the contest.

  7. John Pickles from your comment it appears you are a Mortgage Advisor rather than an Apprentice contestant!!

    ……..surely the bad name generated can only be attached to him…….when combined with other similar incidences within the Mortgage Industry it is that combined effect that gives Mortgage Advisor’s the collective bad name.

    Attempts to shift the focus will not work!

  8. I am sure his work in the community being a trained sniper will be interesting!

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