Five biggest fakers in recent Colorado history
In June, Michael Maher allegedly stole $2,400 worth of equipment -- including two Pulaski firefighting tools, a portable radio, a portable fire shelter, goggles and ready-to-eat meals -- while impersonating a firefighter during the catastrophic High Park Fire. When police officers searched the fauxfighter's home, they uncovered even more stolen items, Westword reported: "Nomex pants and shirts, miscellaneous U.S. Forest Service outfits, a USFS qualification card and the sort of red-and-blue bubble-light rig capable of making his ride seem like an emergency vehicle."
A quick look into Maher's background shows a criminal record featuring charges of sexual assault on a child and disorderly conduct in addition to an arrest for driving under the influence. Investigators also have reason to believe he faked his way into the Lower North Fork Fire in March.
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