Mason’s point guard, arrested on felony larceny charges
ANDRE CORNELIUS, SENIOR POINT GUARD FOR MASON’S MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM, HAS BEEN SUSPENDED from the team pending the outcome of credit card fraud and larceny charges, stemming from his arrest Friday.
“He [Cornelius] has been summarily suspended pending the outcome of the legal proceedings and an investigation by the university’s Office of Judicial Affairs,” said Maureen Nasser, Athletic Department Director of Communications.
Cornelius is expected to appear in court tomorrow for an arraignment hearing at 10:30 a.m. at the Fairfax County Courthouse, in Court Room 2J.
According to the Mason Police blotter for Friday, Sept. 16, Cornelius was arrested by Mason police for credit card fraud and credit card larceny. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and released on $1,500 unsecured bond.
The George Mason Police Department said the case is an “ongoing investigation” and will not report on specifics details of the case at this time.
Fairfax County General District Court confirmed Cornelius is being charged with two counts: one count felony larceny and one count misdemeanor fraud.
Cornelius was released on personal recognizance. Personal recognizance allows the defendant to be released without posting bail if they agree to appear in court and answer for the charges brought against them.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney Office said the arraignment hearing tomorrow is “essentially an advisement hearing.” At the arraignment, Cornelius will be made aware of the charges and his right to an attorney.
A preliminary case hearing has also been set for Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney Office has not yet assigned a prosecutor to the case. The office did say a prosecutor will likely be assigned after the arraignment hearing and more details of the case are available.
Andre Cornelius started every game for the Patriots last season in which he averaged 9.5 points per game and led Mason with 61 made three-point field goals. He figured to be a big part of the Patriots rotation this year.
C2M will continue to follow this story as it develops.