Lotto winner who conspired with Camelot staffer to claim £2.5 million jailed for 9 years

Lotto winner who conspired with Camelot staffer to claim £2.5 million jailed for 9 years

Lotto winner who conspired with Camelot staffer to claim £2.5 million jailed for 9 years 

 

In recent news, a lotto winner was sentenced to nine years in prison after he’d been found guilty of conspiring with a Camelot employee to win a £2.5millon jackpot. The 54-year old, Edward Putman, faced an accusation of false representation after claiming the jackpot with a fake ticket back in 2009. Police investigations revealed that Putman conspired with Giles Knibbs, who worked in the securities department at Camelot from 2004 to 2010. Moreover, the Crown Prosecution Service authorities released an image of the forged ticket that Putman used to con Camelot out of the jackpot. Putman’s scam almost fooled the top lotto operator as they paid him the jackpot despite the bottom part of the damaged slip missing the barcode. 

 

After two weeks of a trial at St Albans Crown Court, Putman was recently convicted of cashing in a fake lottery ticket in order to claim a jackpot summing £2.5 million. Judge Philip Grey, who passed the sentence said, “This crime struck at the integrity of the National Lottery. [Putman] undermined the public’s trust in the lottery itself. The fact Camelot had been “hoodwinked in this way will, of course, will be damaging to its reputation”.” The judge also referred to the fraud scheme as “sophisticated, carefully planned, and diligently operated.” It is noteworthy to point out that Putman had previous rape and fraud convictions against him. 

 

The scam was triggered when Knibbs, Putman’s accomplice, spotted some documents on a late-night shift, containing details of big wins which had not been claimed. Knibbs shared the information with Putman, who went to 29 different shops providing a different ticket at each before the right number was found. The code was eventually accepted at a shop in High Wycombe, in August of 2009.

 

During the trial, Knibbs insisted that he only received £280,000 from Putin, which he believed to be less than his fair share of the scam! The fraud was mainly unravelled by Knibbs who seemed upset about his arrangements with his accomplice Putman. Dissatisfied with the situation, Knibbs decided to confront Putin in a heated debate in 2015, where Knibbs broke Putman’s wing mirrors and stole his phone. Shortly after, Putman filed a complaint to the police and the lottery worker was consequently arrested for robbery, blackmail, and criminal damage. Unfortunately, Knibbs committed suicide later as he feared to go to prison for a long time. Crown prosecutor Tapashi Nadarajah says that “Edward Putman deceived the National Lottery operators with his ‘winning’ ticket, making him a millionaire; but his lies unravelled with the tragic death of his co-conspirator who he wasn’t prepared to share the money with.”

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