Fresh bid to make National Lottery conman Ed Putman pay back his ill gotten gains after Camelot employee Giles Knibbs helped him claim it – then took his own life
Friends of a Lotto insider who helped a rapist win £2.5million with a fake ticket are demanding the conman pay it all back.
Prosecutors next month start a fresh bid to recover cash from Edward Putman, convicted of the scam and jailed for nine years in 2019.– two years after he was jailed for nine years.
So far not a penny has been recovered after Putman, now 56, who conspired with Camelot worker Giles Knibbs, 38, to claim the jackpot in 2009.
Mr Knibbs later confronted Putman over claims he wasn’t given his fair share but was reported for alleged blackmail and arrested.
The fraud unravelled with the suicide of Mr Knibbs, who had told friends of the scam.
And last night friends of Mr Knibbs called for Putman to face justice and hand over his ill-gotten gains.
One pal said: “Putman may be in prison but the only way we’ll get justice is if he pays back every penny. It’s appalling that he still hasn’t handed over the cash.”
It is understood Putman still owns a £465,000 house bought with his “prize”, but the property in Kings Langley, Herts, has fallen into serious disrepair.
In 1993 Putman was jailed for seven years for raping a pregnant 17-year-old girl.
Now aged 56, he scooped £2.5 million on the National Lottery in 2009 but requested “no publicity” after the win.
But three years later his Lottery win became public after he was exposed as a benefits cheat who collected £13,000 over 20 weeks.
Last year it emerged Putman was awarded £53,000 in legal aid to cover his Lotto scam court costs.
Crown Prosecution Service officials have confirmed proceedings towards a confiscation order against Putman re ongoing with a hearing due to take place next month at St Albans Crown Court in Hertfordshire.
A source said: “Prosecutors won’t let it drop and if he fails to pay back the cash he’ll face more time in prison.”
Putman’s trial was told how he tricked Camelot with a battered copy made by fraud detection worker Knibbs.
It paid out despite the ticket missing its bottom half and key security features.
Knibbs had printed 99 tickets with the winning £2.5million numbers, each with a unique two-digit “checksum” figure.
Putman then went to 29 shops before a successful checksum match was found in High Wycombe, Bucks.
He called Camelot just days before the six-month limit was to expire — and said he was “having palpitations”.
They paid out on the deliberately crumpled ticket, even though key features including a barcode were missing.
Evidence suggested Knibbs was paid £280,000 by Putman, followed by much smaller increments totalling £50,000.
Knibbs took his own life in 2015 but left behind notes incriminating Putman. Camelot was fined £3million by the Gambling Commission for failing to properly probe Putman’s claim.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.