Jessica Fender
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado

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June 19, 2012
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Fake firefighter has criminal history in Eagle County

EAGLE COUNTY - The man with arrested for impersonating a High Park firefighter bonded out of the Larimer County jail Monday night, sheriff's spokesman John Schulz said.

Michael Maher, 30, was charged with a class 4 felony for allegedly stealing supplies meant for crews battling the High Park blaze. He was also charged with impersonating a firefighter, obstructing a peace officer and attempting to influence a public servant.

He was advised of those charges Monday afternoon in the Larimer County Jail. His bond was set at $15,000.

Maher was spotted Saturday wandering through the fire zone in his truck and arrested at a Laporte bar that night.

It's hardly Maher's first run-in with the law - or his first time passing himself off as a firefighter.

Law enforcement agents in the mountain communities of Eagle County know "ol' Mike Maher" by name and can recount offhand his persistent probation violations and bizarre run-ins with local police.

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