By Cara L. Dempski
MENOMONIE — Juan Antonio Campos, age 33 of Whitehall, appeared before Judge James Peterson in Dunn County Circuit Court one more time before his April trial for one count of forgery-uttering.
The Whitehall man attended a final pre-trial conference with his attorney, Richard L. Yonko, on March 17. The defendant and his legal counsel filed a motion to dismiss the case, which was denied by Peterson. Campos’ $10,000 cash bond was left in place, and he remains in custody at the Dunn County Jail.
Campos was arrested in December 2016 in connection with a Boyceville counterfeiting case originally investigated in August 2016. It was determined he was the person who purchased the printer Lori N. Klund and Zachary D. Morgan used to produce counterfeit United States currency last year. Both Klund and Morgan are also charged with multiple counts of forgery-uttering.
The Arizona native Campos was identified by a Minnesota teenager who gave him a ride to Boyceville from Bloomington, Minnesota in late July 2016. The teen fingered Campos as being the person who was seen on security video from the Boyceville Cenex station handing the teen money to compensate for having driven Campos to the location.
Campos reportedly informed the teenager that he did not have the entire amount agreed upon when he asked the teen to drive him to Boyceville, but would be able to get more money from the people he was meeting at the gas station.
The teenager told law enforcement Campos told him some of the money he received in payment might be fake.
Morgan reportedly told Dunn County law enforcement that he and another person had picked out the printer used to print the money, but Campos was the one who purchased it.
Campos’ trial is scheduled to begin April 4, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. Forgery-uttering is a class H felony in Wisconsin, and is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, six years in prison, or both.