Signing up to an annual direct debit payment plan from your energy supplier is supposed to help prevent bill shock as your payments are spread equally throughout the year. But it might not work like that...
A look at the jackpot winners who landed in hot water.
Lotto winner Edward Putman was jailed for fraud yesterday, after fraudulently claiming £13,000 in benefits.
Despite scooping £5 million back in 2009, he continued to apply for benefit and income support. You might think that was just forgetfulness - after all, perhaps he was too busy living the good life to remember to tell the authorities that he no longer needed financial support.
Sadly, that's far from the case - Putman even wrote letters to the Department for Work and Pensions claiming he was so poor he couldn't afford food. Suspicions arose when, despite claiming poverty, he asked to buy his council house with cash.
Remarkably, Putman is by no means the only lottery winner to find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Here, we take a look at how some Brits went from jackpot to jail.
related stories on msn
What about the Government and the bloody MP fraud and scams,the fat cats and not forgetting the mother of all fat cats Bob Diamonds £6 million bonus!
I think their worst!!!!
Why would you want to BUY your own council house with all that money in the bank?? you could buy a nice place anywhere!! for you and your family and do some real good with the money. Obviously a moron as well as a greedy little sh*t
Just proves the point though if you think about it,,,,,,you can put lipstick on a pig but it remains a pig!!
This is why there is such injustice in the world,ultimate defiant greed, they just dont get it!
trillions of money taken out of the economy all over the world, he is a small minority, but he
is part of it.
Thats NOTHING WAT ABOUT TONY BLAIR & CO, PULMAN DOESENT EVEV COME CLOSE
Why the hell does the system continue to pay benefits to lowlife ! i DONT BLOODY WELL BELIEVE IT !
latest money videos
While Royal Mail showed an increase in yearly profits Marks and Spencer saw profits fall agaisnt last year's figures.
Date 21/05/13, Duration 1:51, Views 528
more on msn money
msn money poll
Would you like to receive offers from retailers – such as discount vouchers or sale previews - from your current account provider?
Thanks for being one of the first people to vote. Results will be available soon. Check for results
- Yes - I'd like to receive any offers that could save me money
- Yes - but only if they were tailored specifically to my spending habits
- No - I already know where to look for vouchers and discounts
- No - I don't want to be contacted by my bank about anything other than my account