By Cara L. Dempski
MENOMONIE — A Dunn County woman charged with forgery, possession of an illegally obtained prescription, and felony bail jumping has been bound over for trial.
Lori N. Klund, age 43 of Boyceville, appeared in front of Dunn County Circuit Court Judge James Peterson on December 27, for a preliminary hearing. She is charged with three counts of uttering a forgery, seven counts of forgery, three counts of possession of an illegally obtained prescription, and bail jumping.
All charges against Klund are class H felonies and are spread across three separate cases.
Klund came to the attention of law enforcement in August 2016 after counterfeit bills were passed at two Boyceville businesses. She was identified as the person who passed two counterfeit $20 bills to pay for fuel and in-store purchases at the Boyceville Cenex station on August 1.
She is also alleged to have used a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for food at Buckshot’s Bar in Boyceville on July 31.
A search warrant was executed on the home Klund shares with her significant other, Zachary Morgan, on August 4. Law enforcement officers discovered the following during their search:
Multiple electronic devices, including several printers with copying and scanning capabilities.
Five more counterfeit bills in varying denominations.
Pens with metallic-colored ink.
A receipt from a grocery store in Glenwood City where a counterfeit bill matching the serial number of bills in Klund’s possession was discovered.
A “clearly forged” check for $2,500 made out to Morgan and drawn on a bank closed since 2011.
A shotgun and 9mm assault-style rifle.
A criminal complaint filed by the Dunn County District Attorney’s office on August 9, indicated the firearms were taken into police custody because ownership could not be established. Morgan was out of town working at the time the search was completed, and Klund refused to speak to police officers.
Zachary Morgan is a convicted felon, and it is illegal for him to own a firearm.
Dunn County assistant district attorney Andrew Maki called Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin to the witness stand during the December 27 preliminary hearing. Lamkin stated during his testimony he knew the bills used at Buckshot’s and the Cenex station were counterfeit because they were misaligned front to back, and lacked the micro-printing and security tape present on government-issued currency.
The Boyceville police chief testified he contacted the Secret Service office in Madison as part of his investigation, and agents there told him the serial numbers on the bills found in Klund’s home had not been issued by the federal government.
Lamkin also stated the counterfeit bills appeared to have been colored with metallic pen for the eagle shield and “20” in the lower right corner of each bill’s “face.” He said the pens discovered during the search of Klund’s home were a color and chemical match for the ink used on the counterfeit bills.
Klund was arrested a second time in August, after prescription narcotics not belonging to her were discovered during a traffic stop. Several crushed pills in a baggie and one whole Percocet pill were found inside a prescription bottle for Percocet belonging to Klund’s mother, Patricia Klund.
The Boyceville woman was taken into police custody due to being in possession of illegally obtained prescription medications, which violated the terms of her bond.
In September, the Menomonie Police Department referred a case to the District Attorney’s Office after a bank official found a counterfeit $20 bill in money taken for admission to the Dunn County Fair, held July 26 – 30. The bill’s serial number matched the number on other bills found in Klund’s home.
Defense attorney Scott Schlough argued the allegations of forgery were outside the state’s jurisdiction since they dealt with items produced by the federal government.
During cross examination, he also questioned whether staff at Buckshot’s Bar identified Klund as the person who used the bill found there, and Lamkin’s knowledge of the bills passed at the Dunn County Fair.
The police chief said he had spoken with the employees scheduled at Buckshot’s on July 31, but none of them could recall if it was Klund who used the counterfeit cash to pay for food. Lamkin also indicated the Boyceville police department did not handle the case for the currency found in the fair admission money, so his knowledge of that incident was not as extensive.
At the end of Lamkin’s testimony, Judge Peterson determined the district attorney’s office had established probable cause for all three cases.
“One case is circumstantial, but we do have evidence of bills that are the same serial numbers as those discovered in her (Klund’s) purse,” Peterson noted of the case from the Menomonie PD.
When Schlough tried to argue there was no reason to believe Klund was at the Dunn County Fair, Peterson countered by citing the fair’s chronological proximity to the incidents in Boyceville.
Klund is scheduled for arraignment February 13, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. A class H felony in Wisconsin carries a penalty of up to six years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.