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British man charged with fraudulently claiming £2.5 million lottery jackpot

Nov 26, 2018, 8:33 pm

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Faked winning ticket?

A man who won £2.5 Million in the UK's National Lottery appeared in court today accused of faking the winning ticket.

Edward Putman, 53, made his first appearance in the crown court following a three year police investigation.

But, in a preliminary hearing, his barrister Lawrence Selby told St. Albans Crown Court that Putman would be making an application to dismiss the charge.

In October, Putman appeared before magistrates to plead not guilty to fraud by false representation, namely that he produced a fraudulent National Lottery ticket intending to make a gain for himself in the sum of £2,525,484 (US$3.2 million).

Appearing in court today, he was not required to enter a plea and the court heard that an application to dismiss the charge against him is likely to be heard in February next year.

Putman, of King's Langley in Hertfordshire, was paid out just over two and a half million pounds in 2009.

It related to a lottery draw on March 11 of that year when the winning numbers were 6, 9, 20, 21, 31, and 34 on a ticket bought in the Malvern or Worcester areas of Worcestershire.

However, six years later in 2015, Camelot — the lottery operator — was fined £3 Million for paying out the claim.

In 2015, Hertfordshire Police's Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit began an investigation into the claim.

Today Putman was told that if his application to dismiss the case against him is unsuccessful on February 7, he will be required to provide a defense case statement.

His trial, which is likely to last between five and seven days, was fixed for April 23 next year.

He was granted unconditional bail.

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That gives the phrase faking it before you make it new meaning lol

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    That gives the phrase faking it before you make it new meaning lol

    I Agree!

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      *** This guy should have lived in Beverly Hills.

      California Lottery settles lawsuits with two former security staff

      The case that most severely split the the lottery's law enforcement arm under Tacchini and its executive staff involved a Beverly Hills man who lost a Powerball ticket but believed he was the winner of a $2 million prize.

      Investigative records show the man bought a ticket in January 2015. No one claimed the prize. The lottery contacted the gas station where the man bought the ticket to figure out who deserved the jackpot.

      After looking at surveillance footage, the retailer and lottery officials identified one of the store's regular customers as the winner.

      In June 2015, the gas station owner told the man he won the Powerball. He filed a claim to obtain it as a "ticketless" winner.

      Images from surveillance video were not sufficient because the camera's timing was not set correctly and other people bought tickets within minutes of his purchase. That meant the presumptive winner had to present additional evidence to demonstrate he bought the ticket.

      Brean conducted the lottery's final interview with him in July 2015. He told her he paid for his usual $6 bet when he bought his lottery ticket that day, according to a report The Bee obtained through the California Public Records Act. Lottery records showed that the winning ticket was a $20 wager.

      "There was nothing. If the information he gave was accurate, there was no way he could be the winner," Brean said.

      Against her recommendation, the lottery paid the jackpot and said it stands by its decision.

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        Faked winning ticket?

        A man who won £2.5 Million in the UK's National Lottery appeared in court today accused of faking the winning ticket.

        Edward Putman, 53, made his first appearance in the crown court following a three year police investigation.

        But, in a preliminary hearing, his barrister Lawrence Selby told St. Albans Crown Court that Putman would be making an application to dismiss the charge.

        In October, Putman appeared before magistrates to plead not guilty to fraud by false representation, namely that he produced a fraudulent National Lottery ticket intending to make a gain for himself in the sum of £2,525,484 (US$3.2 million).

        Appearing in court today, he was not required to enter a plea and the court heard that an application to dismiss the charge against him is likely to be heard in February next year.

        Putman, of King's Langley in Hertfordshire, was paid out just over two and a half million pounds in 2009.

        It related to a lottery draw on March 11 of that year when the winning numbers were 6, 9, 20, 21, 31, and 34 on a ticket bought in the Malvern or Worcester areas of Worcestershire.

        However, six years later in 2015, Camelot — the lottery operator — was fined £3 Million for paying out the claim.

        In 2015, Hertfordshire Police's Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit began an investigation into the claim.

        Today Putman was told that if his application to dismiss the case against him is unsuccessful on February 7, he will be required to provide a defense case statement.

        His trial, which is likely to last between five and seven days, was fixed for April 23 next year.

        He was granted unconditional bail.

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        I'm impressed but a little confused.  Don't UK lottery tickets have scannable barcodes like ours do? If so, I'm amazed he managed to forge one.

        Only my hairdresser knows for sure.

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           Camelot, the British Lottery Operator, was fined three million pounds for paying out to the fraudulent ticket holder. Has any U.S. Lottery operator been sued like this? Maybe by the players but not by the Government. 

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            l took a look at the " Related Stories" box to the right, and lo and behold, this Edward has had a run in with the law. Turns out he was charged with rape & served time for benefits fraud. The Authorities are familiar with his mug, which they most certainly have on file. I think he is going down,Why? Cause there is way too much past baggage that he is carrying around. They know him.

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              l took a look at the " Related Stories" box to the right, and lo and behold, this Edward has had a run in with the law. Turns out he was charged with rape & served time for benefits fraud. The Authorities are familiar with his mug, which they most certainly have on file. I think he is going down,Why? Cause there is way too much past baggage that he is carrying around. They know him.

              I read the "Related Story".  He is a convicted rapist. 

               I hope LP does an update when his trial begins in April 2019. 

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                Mr. Putman, 

                Doest thou not knowest thou may be fined for such forgery?

                Save thyself and give up this practice.  They'll have you in chains.

                Even worse than that, they may have you directing traffic, in the rain, which is every day in the UK, anyway.

                (I can't think of anything worse, than having to be in the rain, daily.
                Sort of like the bummer of being on the East Coast, USA.
                )

                Mr. Groppo

                • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                           (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
                • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.