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Federal grand jury piles more charges on British fugitive 'Fast Eddie' Maher

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A fugitive from England who was arrested in Ozark this month faces more charges.  A federal grand jury indicted Edward "Fast Eddie" Maher, 56, for illegally possessing firearms, document fraud and identity theft.

Maher, who used his brother's name, Michael Maher, lived in Ozark and worked for a cable television company before his arrest.  He is charged in a three-count indictment returned on Tuesday that replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed by prosecutors on Feb. 9.  Maher remains in federal custody.

Investigators believe Maher used a Social Security card as an identification document for employment verification in Christian County on May 25, 2010.  They believe the Social Security card was not issued lawfully for Maher’s use.

Maher is also charged with aggravated identity theft.  Investigators believe Maher possessed and used a means of identification that he knew belonged to another person.  This charge is related to Maher’s use of a Missouri driver’s license in the name of Michael Maher last Oct. 12.

The indictment also includes the charge that was contained in the original criminal complaint.  Investigators believe Maher is an illegal alien who had a Hi-Point .45-caliber pistol, a Jennings .380 pistol, a Mauser 7.62x39 rifle, a Mossberg .22-caliber rifle and ammunition when he was arrested on Feb. 8.  The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Maher to forfeit those firearms to the government.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, the Ozark Police Department received information on Feb. 6 that Maher is a fugitive suspected of stealing a large amount of cash while working as a bank armored car security guard in England 19 years ago.  Ozark police officers and FBI agents conducted surveillance of Maher until he was arrested on Feb. 8.

Maher told federal agents that he began working in the United States in 1998 and has been using the identity of his brother, Michael Maher, who lives in England.  Police officers seized the firearms from Maher’s residence and from a storage facility in Ozark.  Under federal law, it is unlawful for an illegal alien to possess any firearms or ammunition.

Ozark police, the FBI, theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service andU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) worked together on the case.

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From the Kansas City Star, via The Associated Press:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A woman says she deserves a reward for turning in Edward Maher, a British man suspected of pulling off a 1-million pound ($1.6 million) heist in 1993.  A lawyer for Jessica King, 25, says she is pursuing a $158,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of Maher, who's suspected of robbing an armored car in Britain and then disappearing for 19 years.

Ozark police and FBI agents arrested Maher on Feb. 8 after King tipped them off that he was in southern Missouri.  Lawyer Brandon Potter says King feels she's entitled to the reward.  Potter is trying to determine the exact specifications of the original reward offer.


 

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