Felixstowe/Missouri: Eddie Maher is charged with firearms offences
PUBLISHED: 17:52 09 February 2012
FORMER security guard Eddie Maher – wanted in connection with the theft of £1 million at Felixstowe – has today been charged in America with firearms offences.
Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Maher, who was arrested in Ozark, Missouri, has been charged in federal court with illegally possessing firearms.
Maher, also known as Michael Maher, 56, of Ozark, was charged with being an illegal alien in possession of firearms in a federal criminal complaint filed in the US District Court in Springfield.
The criminal charge alleges that Maher, an illegal citizen, was in possession of a Hi-Point .45-caliber pistol, a Jennings .380 pistol, a Mauser 7.62x39 rifle, and a Mossberg .22-caliber rifle.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the charge, the Ozark Police Department received information on Monday that Maher, wanted by Suffolk Police in connection with the theft of £1m from a security van 19 years ago, was was in Ozark. Police officers and FBI agents conducted surveillance of Maher until he was arrested on Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for the Office of the United States Attorney Western District of Missouri said Maher told federal agents 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,” she said.
No plea has been taken from Maher concerning the charges.
Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant US Attorney Michael S Oliver. It was investigated by the FBI, the US Marshals Service and the Ozark Police Department.
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