Christopher Farrell, a former contestant in Lord Sugar’s The Apprentice tv show, has been given a suspended sentence for fraud. Christophwer Farrell was handed a nine-month suspended prison sentence and 200 hours of community service.
Mortgage broker Christopher Farrell, who appeared in the most recent series of The Apprentice, tried to dupe lenders by falsifying customers’ applications, to make them more appealing to lenders.
Plymouth Crown Court heard how Christopher Farrell inflated applicants’ salaries and forged documents to clinch them a mortgage, which in turn would increase his chances of reaching his sales bonus.
Christopher Farrell worked as a mortgage and insurance adviser with Mortgages for Plymouth between November 2007 and August 2009 before taking part in The Apprentice last season. Christopher Farrell was fired by Lord Sugar in week eight of the show.
In court in Plymouth last month, Christopher Farrell pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation.
The 29-year-old former Royal Marine was arrested last August. Although Christopher Farrell originally blamed his colleagues for forging the documents, he eventually admitted his guilt.
In court, Christopher Farrell admitted to altering P60 forms, payslips and creating fake documents to ensure customers’ mortgage applications were successful, in order to hit his monthly targets.
Christopher Farrell earned £1,600 per month, but would earn a commission of between £300 and £400 if he made sales of more than £5,000 a month.