Apprentice hopeful a fraudster?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 September 2010
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'The Apprentice' hopeful Christopher Farrell is currently on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of fraud

An 'Apprentice' hopeful has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.

Mortgage broker Christopher Farrell - who is one of 16 contestants hoping to be hired by Lord Alan Sugar in the latest series of the BBC One show - is currently on police bail until October 27 after being quizzed by detectives over alleged financial irregularities.

A police source told The Sun newspaper: "We have had a man in custody for interview and further enquiries are required, which are now being undertaken. The man will need to be re-interviewed in due course. We are dealing with a number of incidents regarding that individual."

Christopher was sacked from his job at a mortgage company in August last year after working for them on commission for just 10 months, and police were called in to investigate home loan deals which were arranged for several clients.

The 29-year-old businessman has also been accused of hiding a criminal record from producers.

Last September, he admitted possessing offensive weapons found in the glovebox of his car, and was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £847 costs.

Police also visited his home in Plymouth following allegations he hit his first wife Claire, although she did not press charges.

A spokesperson for Talkback Thames, who make 'The Apprentice' for the BBC said: "We carry out police CRB checks on all candidates during the Apprentice application process in common with standard TV industry practice.

"The CRB checks, which were conducted in late August 2009, revealed no irregularities for any of the candidates for the upcoming series.

"Candidates are asked to disclose any criminal convictions as part of their application.

"The court case and the current fraud investigation was not disclosed on Chris Farrell's application form and he has not at any point brought this matter to our attention."

The latest series of the show has already been recorded and starts on TV next week.

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