A 2010 contestant from The Apprentice has been sentenced following four guilty charges of fraud held against him.
Christopher Farrel was found guilty of altering mortgage applications to boost his earnings, inflating clients’ incomes to secure loans and earn himself commission.
29 year old Farrell pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud by false representation in December and has received a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years, at Plymouth Crown Court.
Farrell, of Upton, Wirral, was also sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
He was arrested in August after a bank discovered the fraud, originally attempting to blame his colleagues for forging documents but admitted his guilt before magistrates in Plymouth.
The former contestant, who was fired in week eight of the series, worked as a mortgage and insurance adviser with Mortgages for Plymouth between November 2007 and August 2008.
The fraud involved altering p80forms and creating fake documents to ensure his clients’ mortgage applications were successful. and thus achieving the targets which were set for him.
In one instance, Farrell made an application for a client with a £40,000 salary which showed that he earned £120,000.
Is a nine month sentence and 200 hours of community service an acceptable punishment?