Waterloo Man Faces 10 Forgery Counts

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

WATERLOO, Iowa — A Waterloo man faces 10 counts of forgery for passing homemade counterfeit bills.

According to the Waterloo Police Department, officers took a report on Monday of a man trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store. When the store refused to accept the bill, the man left the store.

Later on Monday, police said the same man — wearing different clothes — came back to the store to cash a winning lottery ticket. The man, 30-year-old Brett W. Wehrle, signed his name on the winning ticket, collected his money and left the store in a silver Dodge Magnum. After the store contacted police again, officers were able to match Wehrle with the vehicle.

Police served a search warrant at Wehrle’s residence and discovered counterfeit bills, a color scanner and printer, paper and other items used to make counterfeit money. Wehrle admitted to using fake money at more than 20 businesses, police said. He has thus far been charged with passing counterfeit bills at five Waterloo businesses.

Capt. Tim Pillack said police are investigating Wehrle’s claims. If they are founded, he could face additional forgery charges.

“We’re still looking into that,” he said.

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