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Penn State Recruit Zayd Issah Charged With Felony Forgery

He and two others were caught after passing counterfeit bills at a local McDonald's.


2013 linebacker Zayd Issah has been charged with with two felony counts each of forgery and conspiracy to forgery and four misdemeanor charges of theft by deception after being caught passing fake bills at a Harrisburg McDonald's along with two others.

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.

Dauphin County DA Ed Marsico told Pennlive that even if Issah were convicted on these charges, as a first-time offender, he most likely would not face jail time. Even with that being the case, knowingly using fake bills is not a good look for an 18-year-old, and I expect that Coach O'Brien can't be happy about this development.

We'll have more news if this story develops.

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