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UPDATE: 3 charged in investigation related to Governor Walker


A former close aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during his time as Milwaukee County executive is among three people who've been arrested and charged with felonies as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Former Milwaukee County housing director Tim Russell was charged Thursday with one misdemeanor and two felony theft charges for taking more than $10,000 from a business. He worked for Walker when he served as Milwaukee County executive.

Former Milwaukee County Veteran Service Commission member Kevin Kavanaugh was charged with five felonies. One is for theft from a business greater than $10,000 and the others are for fraudulent writings by a corporate officer. Walker appointed Kavanaugh to the commission.

Department of Public Instruction worker Brian Pierick was charged with two felony counts of child enticement.


Tim Russell, a former aide of Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive, has been arrested as part of a secret probe.

Online court records show that Russell was charged Thursday with three theft from business charges, two felonies and one misdemeanor. The felony theft charge of more than $10,000 from a business is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm scheduled a noon news conference in Milwaukee to talk about the charges.

Russell worked as a Walker campaign staffer and as his county housing director. He did not follow Walker to Madison after he won election as governor last year.

Russell's attorney Mike Maistelman did not immediately return an email seeking comment.


The Milwaukee County district attorney says he will announce additional charges in a secret investigation that has focused on current and former aides of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

District Attorney John Chisholm did not reveal any other details in the press release announcing the 12 noon news conference Thursday in Milwaukee.

Last month a commercial real estate broker in Milwaukee was arrested for failing to cooperate with the investigation and released with no charges being filed.

The secret investigation, known as a John Doe, began in May 2010 and has served as a distraction for Walker as he faces a possible recall election next year.

Walker has said he has not been contacted by prosecutors and he's defended his integrity.
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