TWO crooks claiming a £4million lottery jackpot have been charged with fraud.
Jon-Ross Watson and Mark Goodram are accused of buying five scratchcards, including the jackpot winner, without the consent of the credit card holder.
Both men — nicknamed the Blotto Louts after drinking heavily for days to celebrate — are in jail for unrelated offences but will appear before Bolton magistrates next month.
And it could see the High Court throw out their claim to be paid the monster prize by lottery operator Camelot.
The penniless pair, who have a string of criminal convictions, bought the winning scratchcard from Waitrose in Clapham, South London, last year.
Goodram, 37, and Watson, 32, say they were given the credit card details by a man they had helped earlier in a brothel.
But prosecutors say they have been charged with handling stolen goods and committing fraud by false representation.
They believed they took a step nearer the jackpot haul after Camelot admitted cashing a cheque to pay for the winning scratchcard.
The lottery operator originally claimed they “couldn’t find” the payment, which was organised by a lawyer for the duo soon after their jaw-dropping windfall.
Last night the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Jon-Ross Watson and Mark Goodram are both charged with handling stolen goods and two additional charges of committing fraud by false representation.
Henry Hendron, barrister for Mr Watson and Mr Goodram, told The Sun: “It would be inappropriate for me to comment on an ongoing criminal case, other than to say that Camelot have clearly been gunning for my clients from the outset.
“Its apparent that Camelot are determined not to pay out to my clients on their legitimate and winning £4m ticket, it was Camelot, not the cardholder, who reported my clients to the police;
“My clients robustly maintain that at the time they purchased the winning ticket they had the cardholders authorisation to use the card details for the purchase and are bemused as to why the cardholder is now apparently saying otherwise.
“My clients intend to call the cardholder to give evidence in the criminal trial, at which my clients are looking forward to clearing their name.”
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