Former NFL player Buster Skrine has been arrested in Canada and is facing more than a dozen fraud charges, according to Canadian authorities. The Durham Regional Police in Whitby, Ontario, announced on Thursday that Skrine is accused of committing several fraud-related offenses, amounting to over $100,000. Skrine allegedly visited multiple financial institutions, posing as a retired NFL player, and opened bank accounts using fraudulent checks. He would then withdraw a portion of the funds before the checks cleared. Canadian authorities suspect that Skrine may have committed similar offenses across the country.
Skrine, who was scheduled to return to the U.S., was apprehended at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has been charged with four counts of fraud over $5,000, seven counts of making false statements to obtain money, three counts of possessing property obtained through crime over $5,000, and one count of possessing property obtained through crime under $5,000. Skrine is currently being held for a bail hearing.
The 34-year-old Skrine entered the NFL in 2011 as a fifth-round pick for the Cleveland Browns. He later joined the New York Jets, signing a four-year, $25 million contract. Skrine played 59 games for the Jets, recording three interceptions and 2.5 sacks. In 2019, he moved to the Chicago Bears on a three-year, $16.5 million contract but was released before the 2021 season. Skrine briefly played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Tennessee Titans before retiring from the NFL.