Penn State recruit Zayd Issah faces felony charges in counterfeiting scheme

Penn State linebacker recruit Zayd Issah is facing multiple charges, including felony charges, for trying to use counterfeit money at a local McDonald’s restaurant.

Issah was caught March 9 and charged March 10 with two felony counts of forgery and conspiracy to forgery and four misdemeanor counts of theft by deception.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 9.

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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.

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has not addressed Issah’s status with the team, but it would likely hinge on whether he is found guilty of the crimes he allegedly committed. Penn State is definitely not a school that needs anymore scandal.

According to Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico, Issah would likely avoid jail time even if convicted and would probably get probation or be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program, which is geared toward avoiding a criminal record for a first-time offender.

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