Student charged for counterfeit money at Summit

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 18, 2011 7:10 AM

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Iowa City police charged a University of Iowa student with forgery and drug-related violations after he reportedly tried to use a counterfeit $100 bill to buy drinks at the Summit.

Jonathon Camporese, 21, 131 E. Davenport St. Apt. 2, was charged Jan. 16 with forgery, a drug tax-stamp violation, possession of a controlled substance, and keeping a drug house.

The defendant’s roommates, Walter Zawlocki, 21, Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Evan Kander, 21, Buffalo Grove, were charged Jan. 17 with keeping a drug house and possession of a controlled substance after officers obtained a warrant to search the apartment.

According to police reports, officers responded to a call from the Summit Restaurant & Bar, 10 S. Clinton St., after Camporese allegedly tried to use a fake $100 bill. Outside the bar, Camporese told officers he had found the money on the floor and didn’t know it was fake.

After further investigation, police learned the bar had received two other counterfeit bills, and Camporese was taken to the Iowa City police headquarters, the report said.

In an interview, according to police reports, Camporese said he received two counterfeit $100 bills earlier in the night during a drug deal and attempted to use them at the bar to buy drinks. He said he threw the other bill away when he was not successful, the report said.

After obtaining a search warrant for Camporese’s apartment, officers found approximately a one-pound bag of marijuana in his bedroom, a one-hitter pipe, and a small bag of marijuana in plain view in the apartment, the report said.

According to police, Camporese admitted the large bag of marijuana was his, and his roommates admitted they smoke marijuana.

— by Hayley Bruce

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