Film director and prison reform campaigner Ben Pickering has written exclusively for one of the UK’s most popular men’s magazines about how he ended up in prison.
Pickering, who served three years of a six-year sentence for mortgage fraud, explains in the article for Loaded magazine that he was duped by a conman into losing his family’s life savings.
He then decided to go into business with the conman in a bid to recoup his losses but this proved to be a disastrous move, with his debts soon ballooning to £150,000.
Pickering says that this set him on a course for his later, criminal activities – something that finally caught up with him more than a decade later.
He did, however, make the most of his time under lock and key, penning his first novel, Freiheit, which is available now.
You can read the full article by Pickering, an ambassador for prison charity Storybook Dads, here.
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