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Jun 26, 2012 8:15 AM by Summer Yu

Man in court over fireman impersonation charges

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A man accused of impersonating a firefighter at a massive wildfire in northern Colorado appeared briefly in court for a procedural hearing.

Authorities say 30-year-old Michael Maher faces misdemeanor charges of impersonating a public servant and obstruction of a fireman. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that Maher is also being investigated for felony theft and attempting to influence a public servant.

He is expected in court again Aug. 16.

Authorities say he was arrested on June 17 after allegedly crossing into the High Park fire area using a stolen government license plate and phony credentials. Maher also faces similar allegations at a March fire west of Denver.

Attorney Daniel Recht said in a statement that Maher idolizes firefighters and that he is "embarrassed" by his conduct.

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