Penn State recruit Zayd Issah facing felony charges for using counterfeit money

Photo courtesy Joe Hermitt, The Patriot News

Photo courtesy Joe Hermitt, The Patriot News

Zayd Issah, a former standout at Central Dauphin (Pa.) High and current three-star commitment for Penn State, is facing two felony counts each of forgery and conspiracy to forgery and another four misdemeanor charges of theft by deception.

This according to The Patriot News:

Township Police Chief Rob Martin confirmed Thursday that Issah, 18, was arrested after an alleged attempt on March 9 to pass counterfeit money was reported at the McDonald’s in the 4400 block of North Front Street.

According to arrest papers filed with District Judge James Lenker, Issah and two other suspects fled when police were called to the scene. The other two suspects were later identified and apprehended and both of them implicated Issah in the alleged scheme, police said.

They said the other suspects, long-time friends of Issah, said Issah had passed counterfeit bills at two locations.

The police took their investigation even further, and the use of social media may wind up hurting Issah’s case even further:

Police said Facebook messages between Issah and one suspect were intercepted and proved that Issah knew the money was fake and that he solicited a plan to “clean” it. The bogus cash was used to buy the three food at local fast-food restaurants, police said.

A preliminary hearing on Issah’s charges is scheduled for May 9.

According to Dauhpin County District Attorney Ed Marsico, if Isaah is convicted, he is unlikely to receive any jail time as a first-time adult offender, instead he will likely be looking at probation.

Issah is not supposed to enroll at Penn State until this summer. At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Issah was recruited as an athlete by the likes of Oregon and Pitt before deciding upon the Nittany Lions.

The school has yet to release a statement regarding Issah’s arrest. Thus, we do not yet know how the pending charges will affect Issah’s status with the football program.

Check back in for updates as the situation unfolds.

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