Former Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback Grant Mason was placed under arrest at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport by ICE and then turned over to Homeland Security, and police officers from Detroit and Trenton offices on Monday.
31-year-old Mason was attempting to depart the U.S. to Canada when he was arrested on charges of receiving and concealing stolen property and intent to pass a false vehicle title. The arrest was the result of a two-year investigation.
It was in 2012 that Mason came under suspicion by Homeland Security Investigations when a vehicle was intercepted on the Ambassador Bridge.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said, the 2011 Audi that Mason had sold on Craiglist, “had a bogus vehicle identification number on a counterfeit Virginia title which he[Mason] later used to obtain a legitimate Maryland transfer title. Upon obtaining the Maryland title, Mason subsequently applied for and obtained a Michigan transfer title, which was provided to the unwitting Canadian buyer. The vehicle was sold for approximately $30,000.”
Mason was placed in the custody of the state of Michigan and was arraigned on the charges via closed circuit television from the Mound Detention Center on Tuesday.
If Mason is convicted on the charges, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
The Canadian buyer who was purchasing the vehicle, was able to put a stop on his check, and so did not lose any money in the incident.