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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A Dunn County judge has granted early discharge of probation for a 35-year-old Ladysmith man sentenced to three years of probation and $5,000 in restitution in connection with a Boyceville counterfeiting case.
Juan A. Campos appeared before Judge James Peterson July 23 for a probation review hearing.
After Campos pleaded guilty in 2017 to one count of forgery, Judge Peterson, as part of a plea deal, withheld sentence, placed Campos on three years of probation, ordered Campos to pay $5,000 in restitution to Enterprise Rent-A-Car of Tempe, Arizona, and also ordered Campos to pay $268 in court costs and a $250 DNA surcharge.
The plea deal was reached after Campos had been charged with forgery in relation to a counterfeiting case in Boyceville.
At the time of the June of 2017 sentencing hearing, Judge Peterson indicated Campos’s probation could be reduced to two years if he could pay full restitution by then.
The initial agreement also included six months in the Dunn County Jail with credit given for 165 days of time already served. Judge Peterson decided to release Campos immediately since the defendant had already served a significant amount of time and it did not seem necessary to keep him longer.
According to Dunn County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Maki at the sentencing hearing, Campos had made statements during the investigation he was aware a printer he had purchased for Zachary Morgan of Boyceville had been used to produce counterfeit money.
Morgan had informed Campos that Morgan and his significant other, Lori Klund, had been able to produce paper money because Morgan had learned how to recreate a security watermark, Maki said.
Campos had received a cigarette pack of counterfeit bills during his interactions with Morgan and Klund and admitted to using some of the forged money to pay for a drug transaction in Arizona, Maki said, nothing that Campos seemed more concerned about the people to whom he had given the fake currency to pay for drugs than he was concerned about law enforcement officials.
Maki also spoke about charges against Campos that had been dismissed related to taking and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent after Campos allegedly stole a rental car from Arizona. Campos was alleged to have turned the vehicle over to Woodrow Piaskoski of Boyceville, who dismantled the car, believing drugs were hidden somewhere inside the vehicle.
Klund was found guilty of nine felony counts of forgery during a jury trial, and at a sentencing hearing in January of 2018, Judge Rod Smeltzer withheld sentence and placed Klund on two years of probation. As a condition of probation, Klund was ordered to serve 90 days in jail.
Morgan pleaded guilty on December 15, 2017, to one count of burglary and one felony count of theft of moveable property worth between $2,500 and $5,000.
Initially, Morgan was charged with four felony counts of burglary to a building or dwelling; felony theft of moveable property worth between $2,500 and $5,000; one misdemeanor count of theft of moveable property valued at less than $2,500; two felony counts of forgery; one misdemeanor count of issuing a worthless check; and one felony count and one misdemeanor count each of bail jumping.
Judge Smeltzer accepted Morgan’s guilty plea and dismissed the remaining charges but read them into the record for sentencing.
Morgan was charged in connection with stealing a rototiller and a lawn mower from a garage in the Town of Tiffany; stealing approximately $4,000 in construction tools from a trailer in Boyceville; taking an all-terrain vehicle from a home in the Town of Tiffany; stealing guns and a chain saw from a home in the Town of Tiffany valued at about $3,000; taking an ATV from a residence in the Town of Stanton; and stealing about $7,000 worth of construction tools from a trailer in the Town of Red Cedar.
Regarding the forgery, Morgan was charged in connection with using a $3,500 check drawn from an account at a bank in Franklin, West Virginia, to open an account at People’s State Bank in Boyceville.
Morgan also was charged with forgery in connection with a $2,500 check discovered at a home in Boyceville he shared with Lori N. Klund.
Piaskoski pleaded no contest and was found guilty in May of 2018 to receiving stolen property worth between $5,000 and $10,000.
In July of 2018, Judge Smeltzer withheld sentence, placed Piaskoski on three years of probation, and as a condition of probation, sentenced him to 90 days in jail.
Three felony charges of burglary as a party to a crime were dismissed but read into the record for sentencing.
Judge Smeltzer also dismissed but ordered read into the record for sentencing one felony count of theft of movable property worth between $2,500 and $5,000 and one misdemeanor count of theft of movable property worth less than $2,500.
On June 21 of this year, Piaskoski pleaded guilty to one felony count of manufacturing and delivering marijuana as a party to a crime, while one felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place was dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion as was one felony count of receiving stolen property worth more than $10,000.
One felony count of criminal damage to property over $2,500 was dismissed but read into the record for sentencing.
On the count of manufacturing and delivering marijuana, Judge Smeltzer withheld sentence, placed Piaskoski on three years of probation and ordered him to complete 100 hours of community service.
Judge Smeltzer also ordered Piaskoski to pay $268 in court costs, a $250 DNA surcharge, and ordered him to pay $5,000 in restitution by making $150 per month payments, beginning August 1, and continuing until paid in full. A $300 cash bail was applied.