Suspected fake firefighter Michael Maher pleads not guilty in court

5:27 PM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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Michael Maher, 31, allegedly used the name "Michael Anderson" when checking out firefighting supplies during the Lower North Fork Fire. A criminal affidavit also says Maher gave a supply clerk a false federal ID number.

Among the items he's accused of checking out and never returning:

• A $900 radio
• Firefighting tools
• Fire shelter
• Chainsaw - valued at $879
• Garden hoses
• Goggles
• Meals ready to eat - valued at $97

According to an affidavit, investigators negotiated with Maher's attorney for a consented search of his Denver apartment.

Inside Maher's apartment, investigators say they found some of the equipment, including a stolen police light bar, six metal U.S. Forest signs, a City of Denver street sign, and a U.S. Forest Service shirt and jacket.

Maher faces several charges in Larimer and Jefferson counties for theft and impersonation.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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