LOTTO Fraudster Edward Putman who was handed £2.5million after using a FAKE ticket now faces six more years in prison – unless he hands over his house and cars.
The former bricklayer, 56, is set to lose a house and land in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, where he had planned to build a hotel.
If he does not hand over his assets, valued at £939,782.44, within three months, six years will be added to the nine-year sentence he is already serving.
Putman, nou 56, was found guilty in October 2019 of using a forged winning ticket to claim a £2.5 million jackpot in 2009.
The house, close to the M25, currently stands in a scruffy, unkempt state with curtains drawn shut.
The land resembles a vehicle graveyard – with at least twenty cars and vans parked up alongside caravans and mobile homes.
In a hearing at St Albans crown court today, prosecutor Adam Pearson said the benefit Putman had obtained from the fraud was £2,525,495 and the available amount for confiscation was £939,782.44.
His barrister Lawrence Selby said: “Mr Putman does not accept or agree the benefit figure or realisable assets, but will not be contesting these proceedings.”
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Judge Philip Grey said he will give a formal ruling later, but would impose a further six years in prison if the money wasn’t paid within three months.
During his trial the jury heard Putman had conspired with Lottery insider Giles Knibbs, who worked in Camelot’s security department, to present a fake ticket.
The actual winning ticket, which was never claimed, was bought at a Co-op store in Worcester on March 11, 2009. It had the winning numbers: 6,9,20,21, en 34.
Op Augustus 28 that year, just before the 180-day claim deadline, Putman called Camelot to come forward as the winner. In a call to Camelot to claim the prize, he said he found the ticket under the seat of his van.
It was missing its bottom part, which contained unique numbers. He submitted the deliberately damaged forgery, which was accepted as authentic by Camelot even though it was missing a barcode.
Although he pocketed the winnings, Putman, of Station Road, Kings Langley, was sentenced in 2012 to nine months for benefit fraud after claiming £13,000 in housing and income support.
The fraud began to unravel on 5 Oktober 2015 when Mr Knibbs, 38, committed suicide at Ivinghoe Beacon in Bucks. He had confessed to friends that he and Putman had “bedrieglik” the Lottery.
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The two men had rowed about how the winnings were divided. In Junie 2015, Putman had gone to the police alleging Knibbs had threatened to reveal his previous convictions for the rape of a 17-year-old girl in 1991 and a benefits fraud in 2012.
He also reported that Knibbs had stolen his mobile phone and damaged the wing mirror on his car.
Putman, who arrived at court with his face masked and wearing dark glasses, denied that between 28 August and 8 September 2009, together with Giles Knibbs, he dishonestly made a false representation, namely produced a fraudulent National Lottery ticket, intending to make a gain, namely £2,525,485 for himself.
He was convicted by a jury of 7 women and 5 mans.
Passing sentence at the time, Judge Grey said the “sophisticated, carefully planned, and diligently operated fraud” struck at the heart of the integrity of the National Lottery.
Hy het gesê: “You would have got away with this but quite plainly you were greedy.
“Whatever the exact monetary split you and Mr Knibbs had agreed, you did not pay him what split he felt he was owed. The two of you fell out spectacularly.
“This crime struck at the integrity of the National Lottery. You have also undermined the public’s trust in the Lottery itself.”
In 2012 Putman was sentenced to nine months for benefit fraud after going on to claim £13,000 in housing and income support despite his jackpot win.
Hy was in die tronk 1991 vir 7 years for raping a 17-year-old girl.
In Desember 2016 Camelot was fined £3 million by the Gambling Commission for breaching its controls relating to databases, the way it investigated a prize claim and its processes around the decision to pay a prize.