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How I ran plot to rig Who Wants To Be A Millionaire from my home in Lurgan

Phone-A-Friend numbers re-routed

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Keith Burgess has written a book on the operation

Keith Burgess has written a book on the operation

Chris Tarrant, then presenter of Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Chris Tarrant, then presenter of Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Charles Ingram who cheated his way to the jackpot

Charles Ingram who cheated his way to the jackpot

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Keith Burgess has written a book on the operation

The amazing plot that took £4.2million of prize money from hit TV show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire via a so-called ‘syndicate’ started operating in Lurgan, it has emerged.

Dungannon man Keith Burgess and his quiz expert pal Paddy Spooner have for the first time revealed their box of tricks, which included fake Phone-A-Friend panels for contestants to call on Chris Tarrant’s show. Their first winner scooped £125,000.

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Dungannon man Keith Burgess was one of the brains behind the 'syndicate' scheme

Dungannon man Keith Burgess was one of the brains behind the 'syndicate' scheme

Dungannon man Keith Burgess was one of the brains behind the 'syndicate' scheme

“This cemented our confidence, and its proceeds set us up with the funds to continue to greater triumphs,” said Keith, who insists he did nothing wrong and just exposed weaknesses in the system.


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