Ex-aide to Wis. Gov. Walker accused of theft

Jan. 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM
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MILWAUKEE, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Tim Russell, former campaign and county aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, was arrested Thursday for theft, authorities say.

Russell was taken into custody on three counts of theft for allegedly stealing $11,000 in funds raised for Operation Freedom, an annual veterans appreciation day, officials said. Russell organized the event at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

The (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel reported in June 2010 the district attorney's office was investigating the missing funds after Walker's office disputed the shortfall with the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a fiscal agent for the program from 2006 to 2008.

In 2010, Walker's office asked prosecutors to open a John Doe investigation into Walker staffers to find out what happened to the funds. In August 2010, Russell's computer was seized as a part of the investigation, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Russell faces a possible sentence of 10 years in jail and $25,000 fine.

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