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Waterloo police arrest lottery winner in counterfeit bill case

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - A Waterloo man faces charges after police say he tried to pass a counterfeit bill at a local store.

Captain Tim Pillack says the Kum and Go at 117 E. San Marnan Drive reported on Monday that a man walked into the store and tried to use a counterfeit $20. The store refused to accept the bill and the man left.

The store says the same man, wearing different clothes, went back to the Kum and Go to cash in a winning lottery ticket. Pillack says the man signed his name to the ticket, got his cash and left in a silver Dodge Magnum.

Police were able to use that information to tie 30-year-old Brett William Wehrle to the counterfeit bill.

Pillack says that when officers executed a search warrant at 917 Kimball Avenue in Waterloo, they seized several counterfeit bills, a color scanner/printer, paper and other items used in making counterfeit money.

Wehrle reportedly admitted to passing counterfeit bills at more than 20 different businesses. Wehrle is currently charged with 10 counts of forgery for passing counterfeit bills at the following businesses:

- Kum & Go Convenience Store, 117 E. San Marnan Avenue (1 count)
- Fareway Store, 40 W. San Marnan Avenue (1 count)
- Jim Lind Shell Station, 230 E. Ridgeway Avenue (1 count)
- Walgreen’s, 111 E. Ridgeway Avenue (5 counts)
- Hometown Foods, 1010 E. Mitchell Avenue (2 counts)
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