Ed­ward Put­man £4.5m 2009

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THIS big lottery win­ner was ex­posed as a ben­e­fits cheat and a con­victed rapist.

Ed­ward Put­man, 46, de­clined pub­lic­ity when he won £4.5m in Septem­ber 2009 – but his iden­tity was re­vealed when he was taken to court for claim­ing ben­e­fits even af­ter win­ning his jack­pot.

It then emerged that he was con­victed in 1993 of rap­ing a 17-year-old girl in Mil­ton Keynes, Bucks, and sen­tenced to seven years.

The for­mer brick­layer, who shares a £600,000 de­tached house with his cur­rent part­ner in Kings Lan­g­ley, Hert­ford­shire, raped the girl in 1992 when he was liv­ing in Mil­ton Keynes.

His vic­tim, who can’t be named for le­gal rea­sons, went to po­lice but Put­man tried to in­tim­i­date her key wit­ness prior to the trial.

Rum­bled

He was con­victed of wit­ness in­tim­i­da­tion and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice, in ad­di­tion to rape, at Northamp­ton Crown Court and went on to serve four years of his seven-year term.

His name was not added to the Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­is­ter as the sys­tem was not put in place un­til a decade later.

Put­man has also been con­victed of wound­ing with in­tent in a case dat­ing back to the mid-80s.

He ap­peared in court in July, where he ad­mit­ted fraud­u­lently claim­ing £13,000 in ben­e­fits and in­come sup­port.

He was rum­bled when he tried to buy his coun­cil house with £84,000 cash.

Put­man was sen­tenced to nine months at St Albans Crown Court.

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