Former Aide To Gov. Scott Walker Will Face Trial For Embezzling Funds From Veterans Group

A Milwaukee County court commissioner decided yesterday that there is enough evidence against Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) former top aide Tim Russell to try him in court. He faces two felony charges for embezzling $21,000 from a veterans group, Operation Freedom, plus $3,550 from two unsuccessful political candidates and using the stolen funds to pay for vacations to Hawaii and the Caribbean. Prosecutors also claim Russell, who served as deputy chief of staff in Walker’s county executive office, used some funds to pay for Walker gubernatorial campaign websites. If convicted, he faces “a combined maximum penalty of more than 13 years behind bars and fines totaling $45,000.”