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Former Dolphin surrenders to Florida authorities

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions safety Brock Marion was charged in Florida with theft and filing a fraudulent vehicle insurance
claim.

Marion, who signed a four-year contract with the Lions in March
after leaving the Miami Dolphins as a free agent, surrendered to police in Plantation, Fla., on Tuesday. He was released after posting bond.

Police said he reported his 2002 Chevrolet conversion van stolen
Feb. 11 and filed an insurance claim in which he collected about
$54,247.

The van was eventually recovered at an Albany, N.Y., chop shop as
part of an auto-theft investigation by authorities in that city.

Lions vice president Bill Keenist said the team was aware of the
situation, but declined to comment.

Plantation police said Marion told them he left the vehicle with
a friend while in Honolulu for the Pro Bowl. After returning, the
two went to eat and the vehicle was missing when they returned.

Police say Marion knew the van was taken but not stolen, and
that he also knew who took it. But he still filed the insurance
claim.

Conviction on the grand theft charge carries a sentence of up to
15 years, while the insurance fraud carries a maximum sentence of
five years.