How rapist Lottery conman swindled £2.5m with crafty ticket forgery

How rapist Lottery conman swindled £2.5m with crafty ticket forgery

A ‘monster’ rapist and National Lottery conman went undetected for six years before the net eventually closed on the cunning criminal.

Edward Putman was jailed for nine years in October 2019 after swindling Camelot out of £2.5million.

He forged a winning ticket after hours of painstaking work – and he very nearly got away with it.

The 56-year-old conspired with the organisation’s worker Giles Knibbs, who had access to the numbers of the unclaimed winning tickets, to pull off the fraud.

The winning numbers, 6, 9, 20, 21, 31 and 34, were drawn on March 11 2009 and were said to have matched a ticket bought in Worcestershire.

Edward Putman went to the police himself saying he was being blackmailed by the co-creator of the ticket
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He tried to cover up outside court before he was sent down
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The crafty pair pieced together a fake ticket and it was accepted as genuine by National Lottery operators Camelot, who paid out.

He scooped the money while out on leave from an open prison, buying an incredible £700,000 house in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.

But like many criminals, greed got the better of him.

He came unstuck when he reneged on a deal to give furious Knibbs £1m, instead handing over just £330,000.

Putman contacted police in June 2015, claiming that his fellow fraudster was blackmailing him.

The Camelot worker told friends about what he had done but – fearing prison – he took his own life four months later.

A three-year police investigation eventually produced enough evidence to send the conman down.

He tried to pull off the swindle with this fake ticket – and nearly got away with it
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Putman was found guilty by a jury of the Lotto fraud in just five hours
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His trial still caused uproar after Putman has handed £53,000 in legal aid to fight for his freedom.

A relative claimed he and wife Lita Stephens, 65, had blown the rest of his winnings on exotic holidays – and there was little left for the authorities to reclaim.

In 2019, one of his victims told the Mirror how she was raped at 17 by the lottery fraudster.

She was pregnant when he launched the attack in 1991 and he was jailed for seven years for the horrific incident

The woman – who didn’t want to be named – branded the vile crook a “monster” after he was jailed for nine years for ­fleecing Camelot.

She said: “He is now where he belongs. He could be entertaining, he was funny, he made everyone laugh. Everyone thought he was the life and soul.

Giles Knibbs, left, took his own life after the conman went to the police
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“But he was a monster. For the sake of everybody, not just me, it is good that he is going down for a very long time. I will be celebrating when he is behind bars. What he has done has had an impact on women and children. He has stolen, he is a dangerous, violent abuser.

“I always knew what he was capable of… but nobody else did. Until now.”

She launched a legal battle against him for compensation over the trauma she suffered.

After four years of wrangling, she was eventually awarded £50,000, which she gave to charity.

She added: “I did not want the money for myself. I did not want to buy things. But I wanted to win on ­principle. The award came years after the crime, but it means other victims can use my case as a precedent.

“When I started the claim, I realised that everyone would see him for what he really is.

“They must see how dangerous, how crazy he is. He tricks, he lies, he abuses people. I think everyone must see that now. There is a delusion of grandeur with him. He is psychotic.

“I wanted to speak out to encourage other victims to come forward. It is important that women know they can go after their attackers in court years after the crimes were committed.”

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