Thursday 22 March 2018

Lottery winner rapist admits to benefit fraud

A convicted rapist who won nearly £5m (€6.2m) on the lottery admitted fraudulently claiming around £13,000 (€16,178) in benefits yesterday.

Edward Putman pleaded guilty to two counts of benefit fraud when he appeared at St Albans Magistrates' Court in Hertfordshire, England.

The 47-year-old continued applying for housing benefit and income support after receiving his windfall in September 2009.

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.

Magistrates said the offences were too serious for sentencing under the powers available to them, and the case was committed to St Albans Crown Court on July 24.

Irish Independent

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