By Cara L. Dempski
MENOMONIE — A Trempealeau County man is headed to trial for charges of forgery-uttering in a Boyceville counterfeiting ring first discovered in August 2016.
Juan Antonio Campos, age 33 of Independence, attended a January 26 arraignment regarding the charge and pled not guilty. He is scheduled for trial in front of Dunn County Circuit Court Judge James Peterson on April 4, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. If convicted, Campos could face penalties of up to six years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
Campos was arrested by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office in December 2016 on another matter and placed in Dunn County Jail. He was later interviewed at the jail by Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin in relation to forged United States currency.
He remains in the Dunn County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond after Judge Peterson determined the bond amount was appropriate.
Campos was formally charged with one count of forgery-uttering in early January after admitting to Lamkin he knew the money being used to pay a Minnesota teenager for having driven him from Bloomington, Minnesota to the Boyceville Cenex station was fake. He also informed the police chief he was the person who purchased the printer with which the false currency was produced.
A search of the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access online program indicated Campos is also charged with one count of taking/driving a vehicle without owner consent. The penalty for that charge is the same as for the forgery-uttering charge.
A pre-trial conference is also set for March 17, 2017, at 11 a.m. Campos was the third person arrested in connection with counterfeit bills passed to local businesses in Menomonie, Boyceville and Glenwood City in late July of last year.