Former Bears Corner On the Run From Police in Canada

The former Chicago Bears defender is facing additional charges in Canada.
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The former Chicago Bears defender Buster Skrine is in legal trouble. After being arrested in Canada for charges related to bank fraud back in August 2023, Skrine was granted bail on April 9 with conditions that included a GPS ankle monitor.

After failing to meet the conditions of his bail, Skrine is facing additional charges. On May 6, the former Bear did not appear in court for a scheduled hearing and disconnected his ankle monitor. He is currently on the run for failure to appear in court and failure to comply with a release order.

Former Bears CB Buster Skrine On the Run from Canadian Police

The initial charges for Skrine consisted of defrauding banks of more than $100,000. According to Canadian police, he was allegedly using fraudulent checks to withdraw money before the checks cleared.

Now 35 years old, Skrine had a long and fruitful NFL career before calling it quits in 2022. After spending the first eight seasons of his career with the Browns and the Jets, Skrine had signed a three-year, $16.6 million deal with Chicago.

Skrine appeared in 28 games for the Bears before being released in March 2021 with one more year left on his deal.

The former Chattanooga standout then played for the 49ers and the Titans for brief stints. Since then, he was allegedly running this fraud scheme in Canada for nine months before his arrest at Pearson International Airport when he was trying to come back to the United States.

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