Former Dolphin surrenders to Florida authorities

Updated: May 26, 2004, 1:54 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press