Lottery Post: A con artist who cheated the UK National Lottery by creating a winning ticket has been given a longer deadline to refund the money.
At a court hearing in January, Edward Putman, 56, a convicted rapist, was given three months to pay back £939,782.44 (US $1,149,405.61). After failing to meet his commitments, he should have been sentenced to an extra six years in jail, on top of the nine years he was already serving.
According to a document released under the Freedom of Information Act, “the entire confiscation order sum of £939,782.44 is still unpaid.”
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Court Give 3 Month Extension to Return Money
On Friday, Putman was given a three-month extension to return the money. After the deadline expired, prosecutors said they would explore “a range of possibilities,” according to the Mirror.
In 2009, Putman scammed the UK National Lottery by using a forged ticket made by Camelot fraud detection staffer, Giles Knibbs. Putman contacted Camelot a few days before the ticket was set to expire, reporting he was experiencing “palpitations.”
Despite the fact that the crumpled lottery ticket’s security measures, including the barcode, were removed from the bottom half of the ticket, the National Lottery paid it out.
Knibbs’ lie was revealed when he killed himself and left letters blaming Putman.
Knibbs’ pal told the Mirror, “It’s disgusting that Putman hasn’t paid up – there’s no way he should get away with it.” “I’m afraid that once he’s out, he’ll have access to even more millions.”
Putman is rumoured to own a house worth £700,000 (US $856,138.50). Putman may have paid Knibbs a total of £280,000 (US $342,455) up front, and then lesser instalments of £50,000 (US $61,153) subsequently.
The conman was sentenced to nine years in prison in the 1990s for raping a teenager. He was seen going on spending sprees with his girlfriend, Lita Stephens, and acquiring a collection of luxury cars after his release and acceptance of the unfair prize. Friends claimed the couple had a travel pension, that they travelled first-class across the world, and that they owned homes in Florida and Malta (Lottery Post).
Sentenced to 9 Month in Prison
He kept out of the spotlight and out of the public eye until 2012, when he illegally claimed £13,000 in housing and income support. As a result of his miscalculation, he was sentenced to nine months in prison.
He said at his sentencing that he was a “real winner,” but in 2015, when Knibbs wrecked one of Putman’s cars, it became clear that Knibbs was upset about not getting paid his “fair share.” Putman called the cops, and Knibbs was arrested.
Knibbs took their life
He took their life a few months later, but not before informing his friends about the lottery ruse he and his former colleague had devised. Putman was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2019, telling him: “Regardless of the exact monetary split you and Mr. Knibbs had agreed on, you did not provide Mr. Knibbs the split he felt he was promised.” “You blasted the credibility of the national lottery.”
Despite earning a £2.5 million award, Putman was forced to pay just under a million pounds. The Gambling Commission fined Camelot £3 million (US $3.67 million) for paying out the false claim.
The National Lottery
The National Lottery is a state-run national lottery in the United Kingdom that was created in 1994. The Gambling Commission regulates it, and it is now operated by Camelot Group, to whom the licence was given in 1994, 2001, and 2007, although it will be operated by Allwyn Entertainment Ltd starting in 2024.
National Lottery Post Rules and Laws
The prizes are tax-free and given in one lump sum (with the exception of the Set For Life, which is paid over a period of time). Around 53% of all money spent on National Lottery games goes to the prize fund, with the remaining 25% going to “good causes” as defined by Parliament (though some of this is considered by some to be a form of “stealth tax” levied to support the National Lottery Community Fund, a fund constituted to support public spending). 4% goes to the UK government in the form of lottery duty, 4% goes to retailers in the form of commission, and a total of 5% goes to operator Camelot, with 4% covering running costs and 1% profit.
- ensuring that the interests of all players are protected
- ensuring the Lottery is run with due propriety
- that returns to good causes are maximised.
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