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Former Walker associate has preliminary hearing

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A close associate of Gov. Scott Walker charged in a John Doe investigation has a preliminary hearing on embezzlement charges.

Tim Russell faces two felonies and one misdemeanor in Milwaukee County. It's related to his alleged stealing of more than $21,000 in money from a nonprofit that Walker asked him to head.

The 48-year-old held various positions under Walker when he was Milwaukee County Executive between 2002 and 2010, including his deputy chief of staff.

Also charged is Kevin Kavanaugh, another former Walker appointee who's pleaded not guilty to theft and fraud.

Russell's domestic partner, Brian Pierick, faces child enticement charges. Prosecutors say they found that evidence while looking through Russell's phones and computers. Pierick has a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Russell's hearing Monday will determine if he will stand trial.

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