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05/11/2012

David Whiteley investigates the Buckinghamshire conman who's been posing as a reality TV producer to trick people out of thousands of pounds, and examines the scheme aimed at saving the East coast's traditional fishing fleet. Plus archaeologists digging up a treasure trove of Cambridgeshire's bronze age past.

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29 minutes

Last on

Mon 5 Nov 2012 19:30
BBC One Cambridgeshire, East only

Video: Reality TV celebrities targeted by conman

Video: Reality TV celebrities targeted by conman

Reality TV celebrities have been targeted by a notorious Bristol conman looking to convince investors he is a successful media producer, a BBC investigation has found.

 

Selva Carmichael, 51, now of Chackmore, Buckinghamshire, presented himself as Silva 'Silver Fox' Michael, the president of WorldScreen Group to win over potential investors.

 

Carmichael filmed with Big Brother stars Mario Marconi from Widnes and Lisa Appleton from Warrington for a show that never aired.

 

He also tried to pose as the manager of former X Factor contestant, Chico.

 

BBC Inside Out has discovered Carmichael also failed to pay celebrity-backed charity the Five Stars Appeal thousands of pounds worth of promised donations.

 

Carmichael, who ran a major Spanish property scam from Bristol more than a decade ago, has failed to respond to inquiries made by the BBC.

 

Watch a video feature on the BBC News website.

Selva Carmichael targets Big Brother and The X Factor contestants

Selva Carmichael targets Big Brother and The X Factor contestants

Reality TV celebrities have been targeted by a notorious Bristol conman looking to convince investors he is a successful media producer.

 

Selva Carmichael, 51, posed as Silva Michael, boss of WorldScreen Group.

 

He filmed with Big Brother stars Mario Marconi and Lisa Appleton for a show that never aired and posed as the manager of The X Factor singer Chico.

 

Carmichael, who is now being sued by one investor for more than £42,000, declined to comment on the allegations.

 

Read the full story on the BBC News website.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterDavid Whiteley
Series EditorDiana Hare