A contestant who was booted off The Apprentice last month was today charged with four counts of fraud.
Ex-Marine Christopher Farrell, 29, is accused of committing the offences while working as a mortgage broker prior to appearing on the BBC show.
He is alleged to have forged documents including pay slips and P60s in order to secure mortgages for his clients.
The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday authorised Devon and Cornwall police to charge him with with four counts of fraud by false representation.
David Gittins , CPS Devon and Cornwall, Senior Crown Advocate said: ”I received a file of evidence in relation to allegations of mortgage fraud in October.
”Having carefully considered all of the available evidence I have decided that Christopher Farrell be charged with four counts of fraud by false representation.”
Farrell, of Plymouth in Devon, was kicked off The Apprentice on November 24, with boss Alan Sugar telling him he lacked the ”spark of entrepreneurial genius” he was looking for.
He was shown the door after his team Synergy lost a task selling gourmet British crisps to the Germans.
Farrell was bailed to appear at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on December 22.