Prosecutors’ plans to seize the jackpot winnings of Lottery fraudster from Kings Langley, Edward Putman, have been put on hold because he is appealing his conviction.
Putman, 54, of Station Road in Kings Langley was jailed for nine years in October 2019 after he was convicted of using a forged winning ticket to claim a £2.5 million jackpot in 2009.
The former bricklayer had used some of the money to buy a house and land near the M25 in Kings Langley where he had planned to build a hotel.
His case was back before Judge Philip Grey at St Albans Crown Court on February 24 for a confiscation hearing.
The Proceeds of Crime hearing was adjourned until June 29.
During a trial last October, the jury heard Putman had conspired with Lottery insider Giles Knibbs, who worked in Camelot’s security department, to present a fake ticket.
One August 28, 2009, just before the 180-day claim deadline, Putman called Camelot to come forward as the winner. In a call to Camelot to claim the prize, he said he found the ticket under the seat of his van.
Although he pocketed the winnings, Putman was sentenced in 2012 to nine months for a benefit fraud after claiming £13,000 in housing and income support.