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Some bad news for Penn State incoming recruit Zayd Issah, who faces felony forgery and misdemeanor theft charges for his alleged role in a counterfeit scheme.
Susquehanna (Pa.) Township police have charged Issah with allegedly passing counterfeit money at a local McDonald's restaurant. Issah, a linebacker from Harrisburg, Pa., who signed with Penn State in February, was arrested March 9 after an alleged attempt to pass the money.
From The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News:
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.
Issah faces a preliminary hearing May 9. Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico told The Patriot-News that Issah, 18, is cooperating with investigators and likely would avoid jail time if convicted because he's a first-time offender.
There's no word yet on how the arrest might impact Issah's status with the Penn State program. Issah tweeted March 10, "oh lord dont panic!" and followed up five days later with, "When true adversity hits only the real ones stay in your corner."
RecruitingNation rates Issah as a three-star linebacker and the 123rd best linebacker in the 2013 class.