A convicted rapist and conman is set to appeal his nine-year jail sentence for conning the National Lottery out of £2.5million.
Edward Putman, 54, of Stations Road, Kings Langley, was jailed in October after being found guilty of working with a Camelot insider to claim a multimillion-pound jackpot with a fake lottery ticket.
To ensure his scam pulled off, Putman had help from Giles Knibbs, who worked in Camelot’s fraud team in Watford, but not to the fraudster’s knowledge, conspiring with Mr Knibbs would be the reason why he is behind bars today.
After Putman allegedly didn’t stick to his side of the deal, Mr Knibbs confessed to his friends of the scam before taking his own life in 2015.
In court, Putman claimed he found the winning lottery ticket to the March 2009 draw in his van, which was missing its bottom part that contained unique numbers.
The ticket, which Knibbs had created, was one of 29 tickets which Putman had tried in 29 different shops and “struck lucky” at North Town Stores in High Wycombe.
After claiming the £2,525,485 jackpot, Putman said he wanted to remain anonymous.
As reported by Daily Mail Online, Putman’s appeal is in its early stages, but no hearing date has been listed.