Prominent CFL agent arrested at border

January 14, 2011, 3:38 AM

Mark Maren, one of the top player agents in the Canadian Football League, is in a New York jail after U.S. Customs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested him because he is wanted in Florida on a recent warrant.

A media release by the Customs and Border Protection on December 30, 2010 indicated that Maren, a 42-year-old Toronto native, was arrested at the Ogdensburg, New York port of entry, and a source told Sportsnet.ca that Maren is in jail.

Maren was applying for admission into the United States and presented a Canadian passport as proof of citizenship and identity and advised CBP that his purpose for entering the United States was to obtain an entry waiver.

The release further stated that Maren explained that he has an extensive criminal record in Canada, making him otherwise inadmissible into the United States. Primary system checks revealed the possibility of an active warrant of arrest in the United States. Maren was referred for a CBP secondary enforcement exam.

During the secondary inspection, additional record checks confirmed that Maren was in fact the subject of a no-bond felony warrant issued on January 10, 2010 by the Pinellas County, Florida sheriff’s department.

The warrant charges Maren with scheme to defraud, but did not provide details.

Maren’s disappearance for several weeks had caused a ripple effect through the CFL, both among players and people who dealt with him on contract-related matters.

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