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Former N.C. State basketball player faces felony charge

Posted January 14, 2009 3:01 p.m. EST
Updated November 5, 2010 4:16 p.m. EDT

— A former N.C. State basketball player has been charged with a felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Gavin Grant, 23, surrendered to authorities Tuesday on the charge, which stems from credit card fraud at Saks on Oct. 14, 2008, authorities said.

Another person, Paige Gilliam, 25, has also been charged with three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Grant, who was a forward/guard for N.C. State from 2004 to 2007, now plays for the Utah Flash in the NBA Development League. He averages 12 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in the current season. The team’s next game is Thursday night.

Three years ago, Grant, who was born in Jamaica, was in danger of being deported for being in the United States illegally.

Grant moved to New York when he was 9 years old and did not have valid paperwork to be in the country. Immigration officials began removal proceedings in October 2005.

They were eventually closed, and Grant was allowed to proceed with an application for permanent resident status.

Grant is out of the Wake County jail on pre-trial release, meaning he did not have to post bond.