NEWS UPDATE: Ngissah arrested for second time in two weeks, third time since January
The Placer County District Attorney's Office is getting used to the name Francis Amiteye Ngissah.
The man Roseville police say inflicted cruel and abusive hazing on teenage basketball players in January was re-arrested last week on charges of forgery and fraud and then arrested yet again, Wednesday, for three new cases of alleged fraud.
According to the Roseville Police Department, the 24-year-old Roseville man was arrested on Feb. 5 for defrauding a local business of thousands of dollars and then arrested Feb. 20 for committing fraud against several other Roseville companies.
Ngissah first came onto Roseville PD’s radar in early January. In their first encounter with him, officers were told by three teenage foreign exchange students attending Ngissah’s “basketball academy” on Woodleaf Circle they had been forced to stand in a corner for long periods of time while restrained by zip-ties, and also had clothes pins attached to their nipples. Police arrested Ngissah on suspicion of child abuse involving cruel corporal punishment and willful cruelty, battery and false imprisonment.
Ngissah posted bail. Recently, he was reportedly involved in a feud with his landlord.
Roseville police confirmed on Feb. 5 that detectives arrested Ngissah for allegedly using “fraudulent means” to buy the furniture in his home. Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther added that the crimes cost a business within the city around $8,000.
Ngissah was booked into the Roseville City Jail on suspicion of obtaining credit by fraudulent means, forgery and other related charges, and released on a $35,000 bail bond.
On Feb. 20 Roseville police detectives arrested Ngissah at his Roseville home due to new findings in their investigation.
"Ngissah is suspected of paying two Roseville businesses for auto parts and groceries with fraudulent checks on closed accounts," Gunther said in a statement. "He is also suspected of signing over a deed of trust on a house he doesn't own as collateral to a bail bondsman."
Ngissah was booked into the Roseville City Jail on suspicion of burglary, forgery, theft and other related charges. He is being held on $55,000 bail.