9 years imprisonment for a winner who claimed £2.5 million with his accomplice, Camelot staffer
Builder Edward Putman of 54 years of age, has been convicted to jail for nine years, who claims an outstanding jackpot of £2.5m using a fake Lotto ticket.
A lotto winner who conspired with his accomplice, Camelot staffer, to claim a £2.5m jackpot has been imprisoned for nine years.
In 2009, Builder Edward Putman, 54, was accused of fraud by false representation after allegedly claiming an outstanding jackpot of £2.5 million with a fake lotto ticket.
The convicted rapist Putman, from Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, plotted with friend Giles Knibbs – that worked in the securities department at Camelot between 2004 and 2010.
Today, the image of the ticket he used to cheat Camelot out of the jackpot in a fake way that even fooled the top Lotto operator.
The official made winning ticket that was bought in Worcester is yet to be discovered.
He was convicted today at St Albans Crown Court of cashing in a fake Lottery ticket to claim the £2.5m jackpot after two weeks of trial.
Judge Philip Grey, who passed sentence, said the “sophisticated and carefully planned, and diligently operated fraud” struck at the heart of the integrity of the National Lottery.
He said that Putman would have got away with his tricks, but he was greedy.
You have also undermined the public’s trust in the lottery itself.”
“This crime struck at the integrity of the National Lottery. You have also undermined the public’s trust in the lottery itself.”
The judge said it would damage the reputation of Camelot since they have been “deceived in this way.
It was also let known to the court that Putman has been convicted before for rape and even fraud.
Camelot paid Putman the jackpot, notwithstanding the bottom part of the mangled slip missing the barcode the trial heard.
In September 2009, he submitted a damaged fake ticket to take the top prize that matched a real National Lottery ticket bought in Worcester in March that year.
Mr. Knibbs, his accomplice, did not feel he had received his fair share of the jackpot, which was paid out to Putman, and they had a bitter argument.
Having been arrested for burglary, blackmail, and criminal damage, Mr. Knibbs later committed suicide that year.
Putman had earlier planned the plot with Mr. Knibbs, who worked in one of the security department at the lottery operator. They both submitted a damaged forgery before the 180-day limit to stake the claims expires.
The fraud was disclosed when Mr. Knibbs became increasingly inconsistent, and he began to reveal the information of the game to others. Mr. Knibbs and Putman had an argument in June 2015, and he broke Putman’s wing mirrors and stole his phone.
He was then arrested for blackmail, burglary, and criminal damage after Putman had reported him to the police.
He later killed himself after fearing he would go down for “10 to 15 years for blackmail”, the trial heard.
Mr. Knibbs saw documents being printed that contains the details of the big wins, which was yet to be claimed while working late one night; this was when the scam began.
Prosecutor James Keeley told the trial there must be “some trial and error” to produce a successfully forged ticket, with several different specimens made, each with one of the 100 different possible unique codes on the bottom.
Mr. Knibbs had alleged that Putman went to 29 different shops to claim the cash as the clock ticked down, he provided a separate ticket at each shop he enters, before the right number was found.
Mr. Keeley said Putman finally submitted the right code at a shop in High Wycombe, on August 28, 2009.
In 2012, despite his multi-million-pound windfall, Putman was sentenced to prison for nine months for benefit fraud after going on to claim a whopping £13,000 in housing and income support.
He was also convicted for raping a teenager in the early 1990s that later landed him into prison; this was for seven years.
District Crown prosecutor Tapashi Nadarajah for the CPS following the verdict, said the prosecution investigation used accounts from Mr. Knibbs’ friends. The evidence from his phone and financial transactions also build the case against Putman.
It was also backed by the evidence from a document expert who found the difference between the printing of genuine tickets and Putman’s fake ticket.
Mr. Nadarajah also said: “Edward Putman deceived the National Lottery operators with his ‘winning’ ticket, making him a millionaire, but his tricks unraveled with the painful death of his accomplice who he wasn’t ready to share the money with.”