A fraudster and rapist currently in prison for his role in a National Lottery scam 10 years ago still has a 4-bedroom home that he bought with cash.
But Edward Putnam’s home in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire is now apparently no longer the stylish £466,000 property he bought years ago.
Photos from The Sun show that the walls are falling into wasteland, and moldy, mildew-covered vehicles are being parked on the overgrown, untended areas.
Pictured: Edward Putnam. According to the Crown Prosecution Service, confiscation proceedings continue and a hearing has been scheduled for Monday
At least 19 vehicles are on the property, which has wire fencing and an alarm bollard.
The overgrown ground also contains old caravans, which have become pale from the sun.
The neighboring residents were afraid of Putnam and didn’t want to talk about the shabby home. They told The Express in 2012 that they consider it a complete eyesore.
The neighbour added: ‘Let’s put it this way, he’s never going to be a candidate for neighbour of the year.’
Putnam, 56, went to prison for seven years in 1993 after he raped a 17-year-old pregnant girl and in 2009 scammed £2.5 million on a fake lottery ticket he conspired crafting with a Camelot employee Giles Knibbs.
He currently serves nine years in prison for his role in the scandal. The millions he received were despite the fact that his ticket barcode was incorrect and he didn’t wish to be publicized.
Putnam’s home in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire is now apparently no longer the stylish £466,000 property he bought years ago
Pictured in 2019: Edward Putman at his home in Kings Langsley in Hertfordshire
The scandal only surfaced when he tried to buy his council house for £83,000 in cash and the fraudster is said to have used the ‘winnings’ to get a riverside property for £600,000 as well as his Kings Langley home.
According to the Crown Prosecution Service, confiscation proceedings continue and a hearing has been scheduled for Monday.
But sources reportedly think this will be pushed back as Putnam said his partner Lita Stephens is unwell.
Putnam, 1999. He went to prison for seven years in 1993 after he raped a 17-year-old pregnant girl and in 2009 scammed £2.5 million on a fake lottery ticket
Putman was arrested first for fraud in Oct 2015, but it wasn’t until 2019 that he was charged.
After Mr Knibbs, a Camelot employee committed suicide in 2015, the police investigation was opened. However the probe was closed after it was impossible to find the forgery.
After the 2017 reopening of the case, the ticket was finally located by a Camelot employee.