A UK man who scooped £2.5 Million in the National Lottery draw appeared in court on Monday to face charges of having faked his winning ticket.
The defendant, Edward Putman, aged 53, was making his first court appearance in a trial that was the result of a three year police investigation. But in Monday’s preliminary hearing, the barrister for Mr Putman said that he would be proceeding with an application to dismiss the charge against him.
In October this year, Putman had appeared before magistrates and pleaded not guilty to fraud through false representation, having been charged with producing a fake National Lottery ticket with the intention of fraudulently claiming a prize of £2,525,484.
Application To Dismiss
At his appearance in St Albans Crown Court, Mr Putnam was not required to enter a plea and the court was told that his application to dismiss the charge would be heard in February.
Putman, who lives in Hertfordshire, received the multi-million pound pay out in 2009 following a draw on March 11 of that year. The winning ticket for the draw that day was sold in Worcestershire, and Putman came forward to claim the prize. But six years later, the lottery operator Camelot were fined £3 million for having paid out on the claim and in the same year, an investigation was launched by Hertfordshire Police’s Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit.
At Monday’s hearing, the defendant was told that if his application to dismiss was unsuccessful, he would be required to provide a defense case statement. His trial, which is expected to last up to seven days, has been set for April 23, 2019, and Putman has been granted bail.
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