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Penn State football recruit charged in counterfeit cash scheme

Penn State linebacker recruit Zayd Issah is in serious trouble with the law right now.  The Central Dauphin High School football star has been charged by the Police in Susquehanna Township for an alleged scheme to pass counterfeit money at a local McDonald’s restaurant.

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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.

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.

Issah was charged on March 10 with two felony counts each of forgery and conspiracy to forgery and four misdemeanor charges of theft by deception.

The preliminary hearing has been set for May 9th and it is still possible for Issah to avoid jail time.  As a first time non-violent offender he is likely to only get probation.  Still not a very well thought out plan on his part and hopefully he will learn from his mistakes.


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