Edward Putman £4.5m 2009
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.
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.