MC004-Who Wants To Be a Millionaire - The Story of Cheating

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Since making its in 1998 , "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" has become a hit. Four people have become millionaires (legally) , seven have walked away with £500,000 and seven have walked away with nothing.

On 10th September, 2001 Charles Ingram became one of those people who won the big prize - a million pounds. So why, when he returned to the dressing room, did he have an argument with his wife? Why did he not ? It was because they cheated , and they were nervous about being caught.

When the truth was 19 months later, they were caught. During the show, which Ingram won, viewers heard someone coughing . It was a college lecturer friend of theirs. He was in the studio, and every time he heard the correct answer, he coughed. Ingram never cheating, but who saw the show said that the cheating was . On some occasions Ingram actually changed his answer after coughs told him he was wrong. A doctor later said that Tecwen Whittock, the college friend, suffered from an that a was making him cough. But the 15 million people who watched a replay of the show on a later , had other ideas.

Charles, his wife, and his friend were all found of cheating and ordered to pay totalling £40,000. Luckily for them, when they were , they were not sent to prison because of their young families and good jobs.