SPRINGFIELD — Nine Springfield police officers responded to a strip club early Sunday morning after it was reported that a couple had attempted to pass fake $20 bills.
David Joseph Essary, 22, and his girlfriend, Julia Thea Dora Dorfler, 22, both of Eugene, were each charged with first-degree forgery and first-degree criminal possession of a forgery instrument.
The fake dollars were reported at Sweet Illusions on A Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Dorfler and Essary allegedly had left the scene separately before police arrived. Dorfler was found a block away while Essary allegedly returned to his home in Eugene, police said.
Dorfler initially “denied everything,” Sgt. Rich Charboneau said, but as officers were talking to her, Essary allegedly called the police department from his home and asked to speak with an officer.
Essary allegedly told an officer that he had been the one attempting to pass fake $20 bills at the strip club. He then provided additional information that prompted police to search Dorfler’s backpack, in which they found methamphetamine, Charboneau said.
Both Essary and Dorfler were taken to the Lane County Jail, where police allegedly found more money on Dorfler — real $20 bills in her bra and fake $20 bills during a strip search, Charboneau said.