A suspected Lottery scammer from Kings Langley haggled over the sake of £2,000 on a £198,000 property that was being bought for an elderly couple.
Edward Putman served a four-year prison sentence for raping a 17-year-old girl in 1991 and is long suspected of having used a Lotto insider to create a fake ticket for him to claim his £2.5million jackpot in 2009.
A report from the Gambling Commission suggested that it was “more likely than not” that the ticket Putman used to claim the winnings was fake.
The 52-year-old sold the former council flat in Hemel Hempstead that he purchased for £83,000 in cash in 2011 for almost £200,000, making himself a £115,000 profit on the property.
However, Putman was allegedly reluctant to budge on the price, despite his wealth.
He also allegedly tried to keep the price up by offering to include old bedroom furniture in the deal.
The property was bought for an elderly couple by their son, who had no prior knowledge of Putman’s wealth, or his conviction.
The pair only found out about the former occupant’s past by a neighbour who described him as “a bit of an a***hole”.