Who Wants To Be A Millionaire star jailed for £4.5million fraud that saw him ... trends now
A contestant who appeared on Who Wants to be a Millionaire has been jailed for six-and-a-half-years for defrauding his friend and family.
Jeff Arundell, 75, from Bath, appeared on the hit television show in March 2000 and won just £1,000 after he got the answer to the £4,000 question wrong.
He was convicted of multiple offences, including fraud and money laundering, in relation to financial business he carried out in 2016 and 2017.
Arundell, of Sion Hill in Lansdown, was also convicted of another offence which saw him take £260,000 from his mother-in-law. He splashed the cash on a new Bentley.
In 2016, he invited a friend to invest and claimed that it was a guaranteed money-making investment.
The fraudster collected £100,000 from the friend and the friend's family members who invested. He said he would personally guarantee their stake money.
Jeff Arundell, 75, from Bath, appeared on the hit television show in March 2000 and won just £1,000 after he got the answer to the £4,000 question wrong
He then went on to spend the cash on numerous trades of spread betting but lied to his victims that he had lost their money and did not have the facilities to repay them.
The friend who lost money in the fraud said Arundell had 'got what he deserved' and added: 'He caused myself and my family a lot of grief and heartache.'
It was later found out by police that Arundell did profit from some of the trades he placed in December 2016 using cash taken from his victims.