Lottery benefits cheat is jailed

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THE lottery winner who scooped nearly £5 million and went on to fraudulently claim benefits, has been jailed today (Tuesday) for nine months at St Albans Crown Court.

Judge Andrew Bright QC told Edward Putman: “The greed on a scale you displayed frankly defies belief.”

Putman, of Station Road, Kings Langley, had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of benefit fraud when he appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court.

The 47-year-old continued applying for housing benefit and income support after receiving his lotto windfall in September 2009, even writing letters to the Department for Work and Pensions and his local council claiming he was broke and could not afford to eat.

In reality Putman, who was convicted of rape in 1993, was living the high life, splashing out on two sports cars and a new house.