Walker edges ever closer to indictment
Posted by Charles II on November 29, 2012
(Image of convicted Scott Walker aide Timothy Russell from Wisconsin State Journal)
Timothy D. Russell, a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker, pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling more that $21,000 from a nonprofit group that raised money for veterans.
Prosecutors charged Russell, 49, in January with stealing from a nonprofit that Walker assigned him to lead to raise funds for veterans and the annual Operation Freedom picnic the governor hosted while he was Milwaukee County executive.
Russell also was charged with stealing smaller sums from campaigns of two Milwaukee County Board candidates. Those counts were dismissed as a part of a plea bargain, though Russell acknowledged he had committed those thefts, as well.
Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf said prosecutors will recommend a prison term of up to 2 ½ years followed by 2 ½ years of extended supervision…
it was revealed in another case that he played a role in setting up a secret computer system in the county executive’s offices that was used for campaign work.
Dee Hall, Wisconsin State Journal:
The governor on Monday said he is “absolutely” confident he is not a target of the investigation.
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