UPDATE: British fugitive's daughter-in-law seeks reward

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | 12:31 p.m. CST; updated 1:28 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — A Missouri woman has been pursuing a $158,000 reward for turning in her father-in-law, a British man suspected of pulling off a $1.6 million heist nearly 20 years ago, her lawyer said.

Jessica King, 25, of Springfield, claims she told police in Ozark where to find Edward J. Maher, who was arrested earlier this month.

Maher, 56, was wanted in England for the 1993 theft of almost $1.6 million in British coins and bills from an armored van during a bank delivery. Maher, who worked for the security company, has been accused of taking the van loaded with money while his partner was inside the bank.

He was arrested in Ozark earlier this month and is being held in the Greene County jail on immigration and weapons violations.

King has said she learned of Maher's possible involvement in the theft from her husband, Lee King, who is Maher's son. Jessica King contends she told police where to find Maher.

Lee King has denied telling his wife about his father's past, saying he didn't learn of it himself until shortly before Maher was arrested.

Jessica King's lawyer, Brandon Potter, told the Kansas City Star that some reports from the time of the robbery suggested that the reward was conditional, requiring not only Maher's arrest but his conviction as well. It even could require the full return of the $1.6 million.

Potter said he believes that reward discussions with the security company, which has since merged with another company, will begin in earnest once Maher is extradited to Britain, which could take months.

He also said Jessica King is planning to file for divorce soon.

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