HS footballer arrested, allegedly had fake birth certificate
A 19-year-old was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of using a fake birth certificate to enroll in a California high school and play on the football team, according to the San Gabriel Valley Grandstand.
It is believed that Elijah Nathaniel Frisco used the name Eihly Cheung to enroll in high school in Montclair, California. Mathew Holton, school district superintendent of Chaffey Joint Union High School, said he had already graduated from high school.
The Tribune wrote that there were reports on social media after Montclair’s win over Pomona (Calif.) High School on Sept. 2 that a player was ineligible. Montclair coach Martin Bacon responded to a tweet, which apparently sparked a school investigation. The person tweeted He also attached a screenshot of a text string apparently dated September 3 indicating that the player was identified as Frisco in Ponoma, according to the investigation published Thursday.
First of all, this is the first time I’ve heard of this and to think that myself as a coach and Montclair as a program would do something like this, it’s crazy. Second, as a school we will get to the bottom of this cause, it’s the right thing to do. That’s what I said.
— Coach Bacon (@Noble9) September 3, 2022
Holton released a statement saying the school contacted the athlete’s parents and then informed police.
“Montclair High School administration was notified late Friday, September 2, 2022 that a player on the Montclair High School football team was allegedly a 19-year-old who had already graduated from school. secondary,” Holton said in the statement, according to the Tribune. . “School officials have contacted the individual’s parents for information regarding the allegations.
“Following correspondence with the parents, the District notified the Montclair Police Department and law enforcement has initiated an investigation. Montclair Police have determined that the individual presented himself as a wrong date in the registration process for the purpose of playing football, and he was arrested for submitting falsified documents to the school.
As a result, Montclair must forfeit six football games and one basketball game last season. According to the Los Angeles Times, Montclair is retroactively reversing its 2021 wins over City of Industry Workman, Hacienda Heights Wilson, Hemet West Valley, San Gabriel and South Pasadena, its 2022 win over Pomona and a basketball game from last season that went down. occurred. December 17.
MaxPreps is currently showing a player on Montclair’s roster named Eihly Cheung. The Tribune reported that Pomona had a player by the name Elijah Frisco on its 2020 roster, although that name did not appear on the MaxPreps roster page.
The Pomona in 2020 page does not show Elijah Frisco, although the Tribune reported that Pomona had a player on its 2020 roster with that name.