Lotto conman Edward Putman has a secret fiancée who is lying low

Edward Putman, 54, is accused of working with an insider to con the lottery operator Camelot into handing over an unclaimed jackpot

Edward Putman, 54, is accused of working with an insider to con the lottery operator Camelot into handing over an unclaimed jackpot

Edward Putman, 54, is accused of working with an insider to con the lottery operator Camelot into handing over an unclaimed jackpot

Lottery conman Edward Putman has secretly got engaged to a woman who has gone into hiding, it has emerged.

Lita Stephens, 64, was presented with a diamond ring and has been given £466,000 in cash according to sources, and awaits the verdict from Putnam’s trial.

It is believed that the pair remain an item and Lita is one of the only people fraudster Putman, 54, can still trust.

He paid the money Lita after apparently purchasing a property from her that they already lived in together, but this has put the land into his name. 

It was also claimed that Putman had also turned some of his windfall into gold and jewelery to shower Lita with.

Putman, 54, of Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, is accused of working with an insider to con the lottery operator Camelot into handing over an unclaimed jackpot.

The allegedly fake and damaged ticket for the March 11th 2009 draw had the winning numbers of six; nine; 20, 21, 31 and 34 on it.

Prosecutor James Keeley told St Albans Crown Court that Camelot verified the ticket as genuine.

The allegedly fake and damaged ticket for the March 11th 2009 draw had the winning numbers of six; nine; 20, 21, 31 and 34 on it. Mr Putman's Hertfordshire home is pictured above

The allegedly fake and damaged ticket for the March 11th 2009 draw had the winning numbers of six; nine; 20, 21, 31 and 34 on it. Mr Putman's Hertfordshire home is pictured above

The allegedly fake and damaged ticket for the March 11th 2009 draw had the winning numbers of six; nine; 20, 21, 31 and 34 on it. Mr Putman’s Hertfordshire home is pictured above

Prosecutor James Keeley told St Albans Crown Court (above) that Camelot verified the ticket as genuine. Mr Keeley said Putman collected £2,525,485, just days before the closing date for claims

Prosecutor James Keeley told St Albans Crown Court (above) that Camelot verified the ticket as genuine. Mr Keeley said Putman collected £2,525,485, just days before the closing date for claims

Prosecutor James Keeley told St Albans Crown Court (above) that Camelot verified the ticket as genuine. Mr Keeley said Putman collected £2,525,485, just days before the closing date for claims

Mr Keeley said Putman collected £2,525,485, just days before the closing date for claims.

The jury was read a statement from Camelot worker Dot Renshaw who said: ‘I saw a male with a badly damaged ticket. He was a builder who drove a van and found a ticket under a seat.

‘We had paid out on damaged tickets before, but not for a major prize.

‘I explained we couldn’t pay straight away as there was no bottom part of the ticket.’  

Mr Putnam denies that between 28 August and 8 September 2009, together with Giles Knibbs, he committed fraud by false representation. 

The trial continues. 

 

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