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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
Millionaire winner sues quiz show
Major Charles Ingram
Major Charles Ingram won 1m on the quiz show
Major Charles Ingram - the man at the centre of a police investigation into the ITV quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? - is to sue the programme for his 1m winnings, plus legal costs and interest.

Major Ingram instructed solicitors Morgan Cole to take legal action on Tuesday in respect of what he called "the dishonoured cheque" from Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? Ltd.

The programme makers refused to pay Major Ingram after suspicious coughs from the audience on last week's show.

Morgan Cole issued the claim form on Tuesday afternoon.


The allegation was made on 14 September and no arrests have been made

Scotland Yard spokeswoman
In a statement, Morgan Cole said: "Mr Ingram has reluctantly taken this important legal step, but feels his hand has been forced by the non disclosure of the allegations against him.

"Mr Ingram hopes he will be vindicated by the successful conclusion of this claim."

The allegation of iregularities, made on 14 September, was immediately and strenuously denied by Major Ingram, 38, of Upavon, Wiltshire.

Damages

He instructed his solicitors to request the programme makers to specify the allegations he faced - and threatened that if the information was not forthcoming by Friday he would issue proceedings against the programme makers for damages.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Chris Tarrant kisses a winner on the show
A member of the quiz show's production team reportedly heard coughing in the audience and thought the number of coughs coincided with the number of the correct answer.

Scotland Yard has been investigating the allegations, and the 1m cheque has not been paid while the investigation goes ahead.

But a contestant on TV quiz Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has said it would have been virtually impossible for 1m winner Charles Ingram to have cheated.

College lecturer Tecwen Whittock said he and several other audience members had innocently coughed during the major's 1m round.

See also:

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Millionaire contestant wins 500,000
20 Sep 01 | Entertainment
Millionaire winner denies wrongdoing
13 Oct 00 | Entertainment
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15 Jul 00 | Entertainment
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