Lotto worker who ‘helped scammer claim £2.5million jackpot’ left suitcase full of cash before suicide
A Lotto worker who allegedly helped a convicted rapist fiddle a £2.5million jackpot left a suitcase full of cash before killing himself, it is claimed.
Camelot fraud expert Giles Knibbs, 38, allegedly gave vital information to Edward Putman, 52, for his 2009 win.
But after he was allegedly secretly recorded implicating himself , he was found asphyxiated following claims he was in a plot to blackmail Putman.
Now sources claim Knibbs left a suitcase full of cash for safekeeping as his relationship with Putman ebbed.
A source said: “Out there somewhere is a suitcase full of money. It’s been seen. Giles Knibbs took this and hid it when he started to fall out with Putman.
“Nobody knows where it is now. He may have passed it to someone for safekeeping prior to his suicide. They may have come into his money.”
A friend allegedly said Knibbs got vital information by slipping into a room at Camelot’s HQ where details of winning tickets were printed. The £2.5million ticket was bought in Worcestershire.
In a “dry run” five months before his jackpot, Putman allegedly waved a phoney winning ticket at neighbours.
Putman, of Kings Langley, Herts, has kept a low profile since the Gambling Commission said it was “more likely than not” his winning ticket was fake and fined Camelot £3million.
Its report contained 195 pages which were blacked out entirely or in part, with another 79 pages removed.
Knibbs, of nearby St Albans, killed himself in October 2015 while on police bail as they investigated claims he was part of a plot to blackmail Putman for £400,000, then another £500,000.
It is claimed he left 14 letters detailing the alleged scam – and installed extensive CCTV because he was afraid.
Putman is said to have met Knibbs in 2003 while doing building work for his parents. They had a plan to go into property development together.
Putman was jailed for nine months in 2012 for a £13,000 benefits fraud. In 1991 he was jailed for seven years for the violent rape of a 17-year-old.
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