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Ex-US official accused of embezzlement
Fri Jan 6, 2012 3:8AM
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Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announces charges against three people --including a former top aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker -- who were charged Thursday with felonies.
A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been arrested after a secret criminal probe found him guilty of embezzlement.

Tim Russell, who served as Walker's deputy chief of staff and then housing director of Milwaukee County's department of health and human services, was accused on Thursday of stealing over 21 thousand dollars from funds earmarked for wounded veterans and families of US troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two other individuals with ties to Governor Walker, Brian Pierick and Kevin Kavanaugh, were also charged and arrested.

Russell was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor count of embezzlement. Pietrick, a staff of Russell, was charged with two felony counts of child enticement.

Kavanaugh, Walker's appointee to the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Commission, was charged with theft and fraudulent writings.

Russell is accused of embezzling funds from 2006 to 2009.

The complaint says Russell spent the money on Hawaiian and Caribbean vacations.


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