MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker’s election campaign says it condemns the actions taken by Walker’s former Milwaukee County aide Tim Russell.
The 49-year-old Russell pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of embezzling $21,000 from an annual event at the County Zoo which saluted Wisconsin veterans.
Walker’s camp said Russell, “took advantage of all the volunteers who worked so hard to honor military members.” Russell agreed to a plea deal which would send him to prison for two-and-a-half-years, and put him under extended supervision for another two-and-a-half years.
But the judge does not have to accept those terms when he sentences Russell on January 22nd.
Russell was scheduled to go on trial Monday, and his attorney Parker Mathers said, “a lot of good people will not have to testify for the defense.” He did not explain what he meant by that.
Russell was 1 of 5 ex-Walker aides and associates charged in a Milwaukee County John Doe probe which continues.
Graeme Zielinski of the state Democratic Party said Russell’s conviction calls Walker’s hiring and promotion policies into question – especially after Russell was fired from the state’s housing agency in 1993 for improperly billing over $1,100 for hotel stays.
His latest charges also accused Russell of taking over $3,000 in campaign funds from two Milwaukee County Board candidates. He allegedly used the money for exotic vacations, plus a meeting in Atlanta with former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.