A grand jury in Springfield indicted one of Britain’s most-wanted fugitives Tuesday on federal firearms, document fraud and identity theft charges.
The charges against Edward John Maher, whom English tabloids have dubbed “Fast Eddie,” replaced a single gun charge brought against him earlier this month following his arrest by police and FBI agents in Ozark, Mo.
Maher, 56, is wanted in the United Kingdom for the 1993 theft of almost $1.6 million from an armored van during a bank delivery. Since then he is believed to have lived in the United States under his brother’s name and worked most recently as a cable installer.
Maher acknowledged to federal agents after his arrest that he used false identification “because he was wanted for a crime that he committed in England,” according to federal court records.
Authorities also confiscated firearms from Maher’s home and from an Ozark storage facility.
The indictment returned Tuesday alleged that Maher illegally used a Social Security card for employment verification in Christian County, Mo., on May 25, 2010.
The aggravated identity theft charge stemmed from Maher’s alleged use Oct. 12 of a Missouri driver’s license issued in his brother’s name.
And to the original charge of being an illegal alien in possession of firearms, prosecutors added a provision that would require Maher to give those weapons — two pistols and two rifles — to the government.
Maher remains in federal custody in the Greene County Jail.