British fugitive pleads not guilty to US charges

March 20, 2012 - 2:35 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 56-year-old man suspected of stealing about $1.5 million worth of British currency in England in 1993 has pleaded not guilty to unrelated U.S. firearms and fraud charges.

Edward J. Maher entered not guilty pleas Tuesday in federal court in Springfield, Mo., to aggravated identity theft, document fraud and firearms violations. Online court records show Maher appeared at the 10-minute hearing and waived a formal reading of the charges.

Maher's federal public defender David Mercer declined to comment.

British authorities have been seeking Maher for questioning about a robbery in which an armored van carrying the equivalent of about $1.57 million was taken.

He was arrested Feb. 8 in Ozark, where authorities said he had been living under his brother's name and working as a cable technician.