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Scammer who conned UK National Lottery of £2.5 million given more time to repay funds

Jun 20, 2022, 12:07 pm

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Man who forged winning ticket has yet to pay back a single cent

By Kate Northrop

A con artist who scammed the UK National Lottery of £2.5 million (US$3.06 million) by forging a winning ticket has been handed a wider window to pay back the funds he owes.

Edward Putman, 56, who is also a convicted rapist, was given three months to pay back £939,782.44 (US$1,149,405.61) at a crime hearing in January. After failing to meet his obligation, he should have had to serve six more years in prison in addition to the nine-year term he was already sentenced to.

According to a document released under the Freedom of Information Act, "to date the full confiscation order amount of £939,782.44 is outstanding."

On Friday, Putman was awarded a three-month extension to pay back the funds. Prosecutors said they would consider "a range of options" after the deadline passes, the Mirror reported.

Putman conned the UK National Lottery in 2009 using a fake ticket forged by Giles Knibbs, who was an employee in Camelot's fraud detection unit. Just a few days before the ticket was set to expire, Putman called Camelot to kick off the claims process, saying he was "having palpitations."

Although the crumpled lottery ticket's security features, including the barcode, were ripped off the bottom half of the ticket, the National Lottery still paid it out.

The con was unveiled when Knibbs killed himself and left behind notes that implicated Putman.

"It's devastating that Putman has yet to pay up — there's no way he should be allowed to get away with it," a friend of Knibbs told the Mirror. "My fear is that when he is released, he may well have access to millions more stashed away."

Putman reportedly still owns a property worth £700,000 (US$856,138.50). Prior to pulling off the scam, Putman may have paid Knibbs a sum of £280,000 (US$342,455) and then afterwards in smaller increments of £50,000 (US$61,153).

The conman was jailed for nine years for raping a teenager in the 1990s. Following his release and upon collecting the unrightful prize, he could be seen going on spending sprees with his girlfriend Lita Stephens and buying up luxury cars left and right. The couple's friends said they had a pension for travel, embarking on first-class trips around the world and supposedly owning properties in Florida and Malta.

He avoided the limelight and strayed from public view, but his shady dealings came to light in 2012 when he fraudulently claimed £13,000 (US$15,899.72) in housing and income support. The slip-up landed him back in jail for nine months.

At his hearing, he claimed he was a "genuine winner," but a spat between the co-conspirators involving Knibbs damaging one of Putman's cars in 2015 revealed that Knibbs was bitter over not getting his "fair share." Putman called the police on Knibbs, and he was arrested.

Knibbs killed himself months later, but not before telling friends about the lottery scam he concocted with his former colleague. Putman was handed a nine-year prison sentence in 2019, where judge Philip Grey said to him: "Whatever the exact monetary split you and Mr. Knibbs had agreed, you did not pay him what split he felt he was owed... You struck at the integrity of the national lottery."

Despite collecting a £2.5 million prize, Putman was ordered to pay just under a million. The Gambling Commission fined Camelot £3 million (US$3.67 million) for paying out the fraudulent claim.

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Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler
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There's a lot of people like that in the world.

But you're not allowed to shoot 'em.

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    Blackburn with Darwen
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    I say tough. 
    He had enough time and now he needs to pay or else it's life for the rape charge on to top of the fraud charge.

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      I say tough. 
      He had enough time and now he needs to pay or else it's life for the rape charge on to top of the fraud charge.

      He served his time for the rape charge. Seems like the Brits don't have enough teeth in the law to rectify this offense. They're treating him like a mouse on a string

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        Simpsonville
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        So let me get this straight.   He forged a fake 'winning' lottery ticket that was missing the barcode that was ripped off.   Yet the National Lottery STILL  paid it out. 

        Certainly LP members will give me flak on this, yes he was a crook, probably a professional one, yet he should never have received a dime.   Freeze his accounts and let him off scot free since the lottery really screwed up on this.

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          Gallatin Tennesee
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          Very strange that the prosecutors did not force this guy to serve the additional 6 yrs as agreed, since he failed to keep up his end of the agreement. They seem to be too stupid to understand what this con artist is doing. His plan is to drag this out until he has completed the 9 yr sentence. Meanwhile the money is still hidden away somewhere outside of the UK where he can retrieve it when he gets out without being followed. If they were smart they would keep adding more years to his sentence until he gets so old he has forgotten where he hid the money......lol.

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            * In hot pursuit of $ *
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            *Some guys have all the luck in the world. First: Edward Tipton & now Edward Putman. Tipton hasn't paid back the full amount he " got away with" through his shenanigans  & now Putnam catches a lucky break. Approve

            * l think it's time to change our names to Edward.

             * Voice of Reason *   

            * People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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              There's a lot of people like that in the world.

              But you're not allowed to shoot 'em.

              It is getting crazy nowadays, looters looting loot from the loottery worldwide.
               
              "Is looting illegal?
               
              Of course, looting is, first and foremost, a form of stealing. As such, depending on how it is perpetrated, the looter may be arrested for petty theft, larceny, grand theft, burglary, or another, similar crime. Some states also have laws that pertain specifically to looting, often with stiffer penalties." HG.org
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                Ringleader
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                *Some guys have all the luck in the world. First: Edward Tipton & now Edward Putman. Tipton hasn't paid back the full amount he " got away with" through his shenanigans  & now Putnam catches a lucky break. Approve

                * l think it's time to change our names to Edward.

                Soooooooooooooooo you can get away with Lottery Fraud, you may want to rethink the Edward name Weasel.

                I hope the criminals pay their debts.

                Happy National Macaroni Day Lovies

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                  He served his time for the rape charge. Seems like the Brits don't have enough teeth in the law to rectify this offense. They're treating him like a mouse on a string

                  He could have done it again whilst he wasn't rumbled and when was on bail. 
                  I'd play it safe and add the rape charge to his jail sentence for the fraud charge.

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                    There's a lot of people like that in the world.

                    But you're not allowed to shoot 'em.

                    Aye rdgrnr,

                    Too ,many out there doing things, that they're not supposed to be doing....

                    Vigilance, is the cost of safety and security

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                      Simpsonville
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                      Both lotteries here are $312 million, seems a rarity anymore to match!

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                        Bottom line: crime pays. 

                        The interest free loan is what this comes down too. 

                         

                        Now he gets an extension. 

                         

                        What a Looney tooney world this has become.

                        Count your smiles.