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Ex-Apprentice contestant charged

A former contestant in Lord Sugar's hit show The Apprentice has been charged with fraud, police said.

Mortgage broker Christopher Farrell will appear before magistrates in Plymouth later this month charged with four counts of fraud by false representation.

Farrell, 29, from The Wirral, Merseyside, was originally arrested in August, shortly before the current series of the BBC1 show aired.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "Christopher John Farrell, 29, and from The Wirral, Merseyside, has been charged with four counts of fraud by false representation and bailed to appear at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on December 22, 2010."

Farrell heard the infamous words "You're fired" two weeks ago when he was given the boot by Lord Sugar after his team failed that week's challenge.

His Apprentice profile said he claims to show no emotion, likes to be pushed and as a former Royal Marine is not afraid to give people a "kick up the backside".

A keen golfer and health and fitness fanatic, he also claims to be "focused and driven".

He told BBC executives: "I've been to the other side of things where friends lose legs, lose limbs, so I know I'm lucky to be where I am.

"I was a sniper in the Royal Marines and I take that killer instinct across into business."

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