Charles Ingram
British fraudster
Charles Ingram
Charles Ingram is a former British Army major who made headlines worldwide after he was accused of cheating in the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in 2001. He was convicted of deception, although he maintains that he did not cheat. He is married to Diana Ingram and has since participated in other television shows, including The Weakest Link (where he appeared with his wife Diana), Wife Swap (in which he swapped lives with Jade Goody's partner) and Hell's Kitchen.
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Gameshow Dos and Don'ts - Yahoo! News UK (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
For such was the accusation levelled at Major Charles Ingram, who won a million pounds on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' in September 2001, but found himself convicted, along with his wife, for “procuring the execution of a valuable security by
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Today in History - Knoxville News Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Charles Ingram won a million pounds during a taping of the British TV game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," but was later exposed as a cheat who'd gotten help from a coughing accomplice in the studio. Five years ago: On the eve of the anniversary
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Community Scoreboard 7/12 - The Columbian
Google News - over 5 years
Main: Adam Beehler; Brad Beehler; John Oyler; Joel Beehler, St. Helens; Wright; Janeen Oyler, St. Helens; Lisa Oyler, St. Helens; Scheibel; Charles Ingram, Portland; Tim Oyler. Women — Fast Time: Jenae Frelich, St. Helens 16.42
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Trojan Arena Construction is on Schedule - Boxscore News
Google News - over 5 years
"We have been working hard to make a lot of progress, even with the rain," Charles Ingram, Project Manager for Whaley Construction, said. "We have men working from 6 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, and some men working on Saturdays until noon
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Eriez(r) Combines Its Canadian and US Sales Organization into a Consolidated ... - cienmagazine.com
Google News - over 5 years
"The integration of the sales and technical support of US and Canadian customers and sales representatives will help streamline and improve Eriez' overall operations," says Charles Ingram, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
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Local golf: Former Trinity star Karlin Beck going pro - Montgomery Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
In second at plus-10 was the team of Jody Dunlap, Neal Manning, Charles Ingram and Carl Smith. In third at plus-8 was the foursome of Ed Howell, John Schremser, Roger Beverly, Farrar Spear and John Pulaski. They play next at Auburn Links this Monday
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Crowd of candidates filing to run in Gloucester and Mathews County elections - Daily Press
Google News - over 5 years
On the Board of Supervisors, incumbents Charles Ingram and Janine S. Burns have both qualified for the ballot. Mathews School Board member John Persinger has also qualified for the ballot. Commonwealth's Attorney John S. "Jack" Gill is qualified for
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Mathews board adopts $21.9 million budget - Daily Press
Google News - almost 6 years
The budget, tweaked slightly from the original proposal, passed 4-1, with Supervisor Charles Ingram voting in opposition. The budget as adopted represents a 4.9 percent increase over the current year's budget of $20919648. It assumes no layoffs,
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500 kickoff on Circle gets folks revved for the race - Indianapolis Star
Google News - almost 6 years
"I liked these cars better," said Charles Ingram, 44, Indianapolis, a city employee, as he leaned for a close look at the enormous steering wheel. "They were . . . less predictable." Mayor Greg Ballard, between group photographs with the princesses,
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Hundreds fill Circle for 500 Festival kickoff, car display - indy.com
Google News - almost 6 years
“I went to my first race when I was 9,” said Charles Ingram, who works for the mayor's office, as he paused in front of the roadster Parnelli Jones drove to victory in 1963. It was a huge, front-engine thing, raw-looking compared to today's ultra-sleek
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WHAT'S ON TODAY
NYTimes - over 7 years
10:30 P.M. (TV Land) MAKE MY DAY How lucky am I? In this new hidden-camera series, unsuspecting participants are filmed over 24 hours as they experience strange coincidences, unusual situations and celebrity encounters in what seems to be just another day. The fun begins with John Castellano, a Staten Island guitar-store owner and fan of the New
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What's On Tonight
NYTimes - over 9 years
9 P.M. (HBO) JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: FUTURESEX/LOVESHOW The four-time Grammy-winning Mr. Timberlake, above, who has lately demonstrated that you can't box him in, performs his hits accompanied by a 14-piece band and backup dancers. This two-and-a-half-hour special was taped on Aug. 16 at Madison Square Garden on the second United States leg of his most
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British Court's Final Answer In Quiz Show Furor: Guilty
NYTimes - almost 14 years
In one of this nation's most closely watched spectacles, a British Army major, his wife and an accomplice were found guilty today of trying to cheat the television show ''Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'' out of its jackpot prize worth $1.6 million. Judge Geoffrey Revlin called the effort to defraud the show a ''shabby schoolboy trick,'' but his
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World Briefing | Europe: Britain: TV Quiz Trial Delayed
NYTimes - almost 14 years
An outbreak of coughing among the jury adjourned the trial of Maj. Charles Ingram, the £1 million winner on Britain's ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'' accused of cheating his way to the jackpot. He is suspected of conspiring in a scheme involving his wife and a friend, who are said to have tipped him off to correct answers by coughing. A court
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Britain Asks, 'Who Wants to Be a Prisoner?'
NYTimes - almost 14 years
If all had gone right, Charles Ingram, a 39-year-old British Army major, would be enjoying balmy Mediterranean breezes, fiddling with his investment portfolio and savoring his $1.5 million triumph. Instead, Mr. Ingram, only the third contestant in Britain's ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'' quiz show to win £1 million, sits glumly in a courtroom
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WEDDING/CELEBRATIONS; Sara Hicks, Charles Malone
NYTimes - almost 14 years
Sara Louise Hicks, the daughter of Ann Hicks Murrah of Winter Park, Fla., and Dr. Frederick W. Hicks III of Savannah, Ga., was married yesterday to Charles Ingram Malone, a son of Betsy and Gayle I. Malone of Nashville. The Rev. Dr. A. Arnold Wettstein, a minister of the United Church of Christ, performed the ceremony at the Winter Park Racquet
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World Briefing | Europe: Britain: Who Wants To Be A Defendant?
NYTimes - almost 14 years
A £1 million winner on Britain's ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'' went on trial, accused of cheating in a scheme involving his wife and a friend, who are said to have tipped him off to which of four possible answers was correct by coughing. Maj. Charles Ingram, 39, his wife Diana, 38, and Tecwen Whittock, 52, each deny a single charge that they
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Ingram
    FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 42
    He has written two novels to date; The Network, published on 27 April 2006, and Deep Siege, published on 8 October 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He also repairs computers for a living, as well as assisting his wife with her handmade jewellery business.
  • 2005
    Age 41
    On 21 May 2005, Ingram appealed against his conviction to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
    More Details Hide Details The CCRC completed its review in autumn 2006, concluding that "there was insufficient prospect of overturning the conviction".
  • 2004
    Age 40
    Ingram and his wife were declared bankrupt in November 2004 and November 2005 respectively.
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    An essay written by James Plaskett in favour of the innocence of Ingram, his wife and Whittock led to the journalist Bob Woffinden, who had a longtime interest in miscarriages of justice, publishing a two-page article in the 9 October 2004 edition of the Daily Mail, entitled "Is The Coughing Major Innocent?" Plaskett's essay also prompted a reconsideration of the case in The Guardian Comment Is Free blog on 17 July 2006 from an initially sceptical Jon Ronson.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010 Plaskett may also be heard at Episode 29 of The Pod Delusion podcast. A book, Bad Show: The Quiz, The Cough, The Millionaire Major by Bob Woffinden and James Plaskett was published in January 2015. Previewed by the Daily Mail on 17 January 2015 under the headline 'Was the coughing Major INNOCENT?', the book is said to reveal new evidence that casts doubt on the conviction. In court, Ingram claimed the video tape was "unrepresentative of what I heard"; indeed, he continues to assert that it was "unfairly manipulated". A video recording with coughing amplified relative to other sounds including Ingram's and Tarrant's voices was prepared by Celador's editors (Editworks) for the prosecution and "benefit of the jury" during the trial (and later for viewers in television broadcasts). Ingram claims that he neither "listened for, encouraged, nor noticed any coughing". The prosecution alleged that, of the 192 coughs recorded during his second-night performance, 32 were recorded from the ten Fastest Finger First contestants, and that 19 of the 32 coughs heard on the video tape were "significant". The prosecution asserted that these "significant" coughs were by Whittock, each falling any time after the correct answer had been spoken. Chris Tarrant also denied hearing any coughing in court, claiming he was too busy to notice.
    On 20 October 2004, the original trial judge reduced Ingram's defence costs order to £25,000 and Diana Ingram's defence costs order to £5,000.
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    On 5 October 2004, the House of Lords denied Ingram his leave to appeal against his fine and prosecution costs, and he appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.
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    On 19 May 2004, the Court of Appeal denied Ingram leave to appeal against his conviction and upheld his sentence but agreed to quash his wife's fine and prosecution costs.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 39
    He was forced to resign from the Army in August 2003, and give up his rank of major.
    More Details Hide Details The ITV programme was produced by Celador at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. The show, jointly owned by ITV and Celador, and hosted by Chris Tarrant, was recorded on 9 September and 10 September 2001. After winning £1,000,000, the payout was suspended when Ingram was accused of cheating by having his wife, Diana, and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, cough as Ingram announced the correct answer from the available choices. Following a trial at Southwark Crown Court lasting four weeks (including jury deliberation for three-and-a-half days), which ended soon after a jury member was evicted for discussing the case in public, Charles and Diana Ingram and Whittock were convicted by a majority verdict of "procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception" on 7 April 2003. Diana Ingram had previously been a contestant and won £32,000. Her brother Adrian Pollock had also previously won the same amount. Both Diana Ingram and her brother had missed their £64,000 questions (the latter had used his 50:50 lifeline on his question).
    On 19 August 2003, the Army Board ordered Ingram to resign his commission as a major, after 17 years of service, but stated that this would not affect his pension entitlements.
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    On 7 April 2003, the Ingrams and Whittock were each given prison sentences suspended for two years (the Ingrams were sentenced to 18 months and Whittock was sentenced to 12 months, also suspended), each fined £15,000, and each ordered to pay £10,000 towards prosecution costs.
    More Details Hide Details Within two months of the verdict and sentence, the trial judge ordered the Ingrams to pay additional defence costs: Charles Ingram £40,000 and Diana Ingram £25,000. Altogether with legal fees, the Ingrams had to pay £115,000.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 27
    He made seven claims on his home contents insurance between 1991 and 1997, pre-dating his appearance on Millionaire.
    More Details Hide Details These included £1,600 for a stolen handbag, £430 for a lost ring and £42 for a broken duck ornament. Christopher Parker, prosecuting, said Ingram switched insurers to Zurich in 1997 when Norwich Union reduced a burglary claim from £19,000 to £9,000 and in 2000 switched again to Direct Line. "He has been ineluctably dishonest," Mr Parker said. "He went to Direct Line and didn't make a disclosure about his claims history because he knew he wouldn't have been insured. "It might not have started off as the most monstrous piece of villainy but these things tend to snowball and it all came to a sticky end when he claimed for £30,000."Staff at Direct Line were already "suspicious" about Ingram's £30,000 burglary claim but decided to investigate only after reading newspaper coverage about his questionable win on the game show
  • 1990
    Age 26
    He was promoted to the rank of captain in 1990 and major in 1995, and in 1999, he served in Bosnia for six months on NATO peacekeeping duties.
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    In 1986, he trained for the Army at Sandhurst and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Engineers.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born in 1963.
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