Man allegedly caught with 90 counterfeit $100 bills; Claimed it was a joke

Published 7:39 am Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ronald Thomas Waller, 52, of Austin was charged on Monday in Mower County District Court with felony counterfeiting currency-utter or possess, felony fifth-degree drug possession, gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI-refuse to submit to chemical test of blood or urine as required by search warrant and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation of his license-inimical to public safety.

Ronald Thomas Waller, 52

According to court documents, an off-duty deputy spotted Waller at 9 p.m. on Friday driving in the area of Runnings, despite his license being cancelled. A deputy initiated a traffic stop and Waller stopped in the Hy-Vee parking lot. An Austin police officer also arrived on the scene.

The deputy spoke to Waller, who denied having insurance documents and a valid driver’s license, according to court documents. The deputy noticed Waller’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and that he was having trouble sitting still. The deputy performed several field sobriety tests, some of which Waller passed while allegedly failing others. The deputy asked if Waller had used methamphetamine, to which he allegedly said it was “a while ago.”

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Waller was arrested and the deputy searched him, finding 13 $100 bills in his wallet, according to court documents. Waller allegedly said, “Those are fake.” When asked why he had counterfeit bills, Waller allegedly said he was “just playing a joke.”

The deputy found an additional 77 counterfeit $100 bills in the vehicle’s center console, according to court documents. He also allegedly found 0.28 grams of methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe.

The court documents state Waller refused to provide a urine or blood sample at the Mower County Jail, despite the deputy having a search warrant.

A review of Waller’s criminal record shows a prior conviction for DWI.

Waller will appear in court again on July 2.