"Fast" Eddie Faces New Indictment for Fraud, Firearms, Identity Theft

(Springfield, MO) — A man arrested in the Ozarks
who was wanted for nearly two decades for a crime in England faces new charges.

U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips says
“Fast” Eddie Maher, 56, has been charged in a three-count indictment
returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield for illegally possessing
firearms, document fraud and identity theft. This
replaces a federal criminal complaint filed on February 9, 2012.

Maher
remains in federal custody. He was wanted in England for a $1.5 million bank delivery heist in 1993; he
was arrested in Ozark, Missouri Wednesday. He was living there under his
brother’s name.

The
new indictment alleges that Maher used a Social Security card as an
identification document for employment verification in Christian County on May 25, 2010.
The indictment alleges that the Social Security card was not issued lawfully
for Maher’s use.

Maher
is also charged with aggravated identity theft. Maher allegedly possessed and
used a means of identification that he knew belonged to another person. This
charge is related to Maher’s alleged use of a Missouri driver’s license in the
name of his brother, Michael Maher, on October 12, 2011.

The
indictment also includes the charge that was contained in the original criminal
complaint. The indictment alleges that Maher, an illegal alien, was in
possession of a Hi-Point .45-caliber pistol, a Jennings .380 pistol, a Mauser
7.62×39 rifle, a Mossberg .22-caliber rifle and ammunition on Feb. 8, 2012.
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 Monday, Feb. 6, 2012,
regarding a fugitive from England who allegedly stole a large amount of cash
while working as a security guard. Ozark police officers and FBI agents
conducted surveillance of Maher until he was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.

Maher allegedly 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.

(Courtesy: U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips)

Previous Reports
Update:
“Fast” Eddie Maher’s Daughter-in-Law Speaks About Case

“Fast” Eddie Maher’s
Daughter-in-Law Says She Tipped Off Police

New Photo of “Fast” Eddie
Maher; No Charges Yet in England

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