£2.5m Lotto jackpot at risk in fraud claim
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LOTTO rapist Edward Putman could be forced to pay back his £2.5million jackpot.
The convicted sex attacker, 51, is facing possible court action over claims he used a fake ticket for his 2009 windfall.
Despite being met with a wall of silence, detectives have tirelessly investigated allegations that he used Camelot fraud unit worker Giles Knibbs, 38 – who later took his own life amid claims he was blackmailing Putman for £900,000 – as an inside man.
It is understood that officers have been liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service as they obtain statements from key witnesses. It has also emerged that a Camelot whistle-blower has broken cover to provide vital clues into the alleged fraud.
Police are expected to hand over a file of evidence “imminently” to prosecutors. Putman, of Kings Langley, Herts was jailed in 1991 for the rape of a 17-yearold. He is said to have thought the fraud investigation had been dropped and was “shocked” to discover it was ongoing.
If criminal charges are activated and Putman is convicted, he could be made to pay back his lottery win under the Proceeds of Crime Act. A source close to the investigation said: “This is a significant milestone. People involved have been told someone who works at the Lottery had finally come forward. They’re the first person willing to give evidence the ticket may be fake.”
Putman declined to comment on claims police were due to hand over a file to the CPS.
A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman said: “The case is currently being reviewed.”
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