Apprentice contestant Christopher Farrell avoids jail


Christopher Farrell

A former contestant on The Apprentice has been given a suspended sentence for fraud.

Twenty-nine-year-old former Royal Marine, Christopher Farrell, appeared in the most recent series of the BBC One show.

The mortgage broker attempted to boost the chances of clients getting loans by changing the details on forms.

Christopher Farrell was arrested last August after a bank realised what was going on.

He tried to blame his colleagues for forging the documents but then pleaded guilty in December.

Appearing at Plymouth Crown Court today, Farrell was given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He will also have to do 200 hours community service.

Farrell, from Upton in Merseyside, was fired by Lord Sugar in week eight of last year's The Apprentice.

It was also revealed he had two previous convictions for possessing an offensive weapon.