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Two year prison term sought for former Walker aide for embezzlement scheme

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Prosecutors are recommending two years in prison for a former Milwaukee County Walker aide convicted of embezzling $21,000.

In a sentencing memo to the court, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf said Tim Russell used his relationship with Walker to steal money intended to help veterans and their families – and he spent it on tropical vacations instead.

Landgraf told the court that the 49-year-old Russell showed, “moral depravity.”

Russell is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty in late November to an embezzlement charge. Two other theft counts were dropped in a plea deal, along with a charge of misconduct in office.

Russell was a deputy chief of staff when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive. He admitted stealing over $20,000 from an annual program at the county zoo for Wisconsin veterans.

The other charges had accused Russell of stealing over $3,500 from the campaign funds of two Milwaukee County Board candidates.

Russell was charged in a wide-ranging John Doe investigation into Walker’s former aides and associates in the county. All 5 associates have now been convicted. 

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