Lotto fraudster who conned £2.5m could collect £350k – despite being behind bars

A jailed lottery fraudster who tried to steal £2.5million by forging a ticket could collect £350,000 from the sale of a seized property.

Edward ­Putman paid off just £94,000 of a £939,000 confiscation order when his plot was rumbled in 2009.

The conman refused to give back the cash so his home was seized and sold at auction for a whopping £1.2m.

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Putman, 57, was jailed for nine years in 2019 for his role in the lotto fraud. The plan was concocted with Camelot employee Giles Knibbs, who worked in the company’s fraud detection unit.

Knibbs made a fake ticket and Putman submitted it just days before the six-month time limit to claim the jackpot was about to expire.

However, according to the Mirror, Pulman may have £355,000 after settling his debt.

The property and adjoining land, in Kings Langley, Herts, was sold under the Proceeds of Crimes Act.

Although the house was run-down and damaged in a blaze last October with a large hole in the roof, the land next to the house made it appealing for developers.

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James Ashworth, of Landwood Property Auctions, said: “The property exceeded our expectations with more than one bid per second. The competition generated was fantastic and it will be interesting to see what the buyer does with it.”

Putman, a former bricklayer, was caught when Knibbs took his own life in 2015 after confessing to family.

Police found notes detailing the fraud and a probe was opened but it was not until Camelot found the ticket in 2017 that action could be taken.

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At a hearing at St Albans crown court in January last year, judge Philip Grey confirmed Putman had benefited by £2,525,495 and ordered him to repay £939,782.44.

The Crown Prosecution Service said last night: “In any given case, if there is a surplus following the sale of assets, we will always review the Confiscation Order and, where appropriate, apply to increase the order, until the full criminal benefit has been repaid.”

Putman also has previous conviction that saw him jailed for seven years in 1993 for raping a pregnant 17-year-old girl.

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