By Cara L. Dempski
MENOMONIE — A 41-year-old Boyceville woman made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court September 30 on additional charges related to counterfeit money, as well as the illegal possession of prescription drugs.
Lori N. Klund appeared before Judge James Peterson along with her attorney, Scott S. Schlough.
Klund’s initial appearance September 30 was on one felony count of passing counterfeit money, one felony count of bail jumping, and three misdemeanor counts of possessing an illegally obtained prescription.
Klund was previously charged in Dunn County with nine felony counts related to passing counterfeit money and made an initial appearance on those charges in August.
After passing multiple counterfeit bills at businesses in Boyceville and in Glenwood City, Klund was arrested in early August. The Dunn County district attorney’s office added an additional felony charge September 28 after the Menomonie Police Department presented the district attorney’s office with seven more counterfeit bills.
According to the criminal complaint, an employee of Westconsin Credit Union who also works for the Dunn County Fair met with Detective Kelly Pollock of the Menomonie police department August 5 after discovering what she believed to be counterfeit bills in the deposit bags holding the money from gate fees for the Dunn County Fair.
The bank employee told Pollock she was going over the money to be deposited, and there were several $20 bills that were rejected by her counting machine. She set them aside and held on to them to make sure more did not show up in other deposits.
The employee believed the bills to be counterfeit, and Pollock agreed with that assessment. All of the bills matched serial numbers from bills taken from Klund’s home during a search warrant executed August 4. Additionally, markings on the lower right number 20 and the ink coloring on the eagle matched that of bills passed in Boyceville and Glenwood City.
The charges of bail jumping and possession of an illegally obtained prescription stemmed from an August 9 traffic stop when the drugs were found in Klund’s vehicle.
The criminal complaint indicates Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin was patrolling on that date when he observed Klund’s vehicle traveling north on State Highway 79 and approaching the stop sign for State Highway 170.
The complaint states Lamkin recognized Klund as the vehicle passenger, but the white male driving had the hood of the sweatshirt up and could not be easily identified. Lamkin stopped the vehicle because the driver appeared to be Klund’s boyfriend, Zachary Morgan, who had several open warrants.
When Lamkin stopped the vehicle and made contact, he discovered the driver was not Morgan, but instead identified himself as Woodrow J. Piaskoski, age 38 of Boyceville.
Lamkin contacted the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office for assistance and Deputies Christianson and Hewitt arrived. Klund was asked to exit the vehicle and a search of the vehicle commenced.
During the search, Hewitt discovered a clear plastic bottle that appeared to contain urine and had a temperature gauge on the side. Lamkin showed the bottle to Klund, who indicated she did not know what it was.
The complaint goes on to state Lamkin then removed a paper cup from the floorboard of the vehicle between the center console and front passenger seat. The cup contained a prescription bottle for Percocet and was filled March 7, 2016, for Patricia A. Klund.
Lamkin opened the bottle and saw more than one kind of pill inside it, along with a plastic bag containing two more pills and what appeared to be crushed pills. The bottle contained three and one-half pills of Percocet, one pill of Oxycodone, and one pill identified as Tramadol.
Klund explained to Lamkin that she was her mother, Patricia’s, care provider, and they were her mother’s pills. Since there was a mix of medications in the bottle and crushed pills are a method of illegal use of prescription drugs, Lamkin seized the bottle and its contents.
Klund was released on $500 cash bond after her August 4 arrest for felony forgery. A condition of the bond was that she commits no further crimes. Since the bond was still in effect during August 9 traffic stop, Klund was arrested later that day after appearing in St. Croix County court and transported to Dunn County, where she was jailed for possession and bail jumping. She was released the following day after her initial appearance.
A preliminary hearing for all three matters is scheduled for December 27 at 3 p.m. in Dunn County Circuit Court. Glenwood City police chief Robert Darwin forwarded a police report to St. Croix County regarding the bills passed there, and the DA’s office is currently reviewing the file.
Forgery is a class H felony in Wisconsin and carries a penalty of six years imprisonment and $10,000, or both. Possession of an illegally obtained prescription is an unclassified misdemeanor that could be penalized with up to one year in jail.