Plea deal set for former Walker aide in John Doe case

CREATED Nov. 27, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Lawyers have apparently made a plea deal for a former aide to Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County Executive.

Timothy Russell faced charges of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a veterans group.

Gov. Scott Walker, who was to appear in Menomonee Falls on Tuesday, has maintained that he did nothing wrong in connection with the John Doe investigation.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office is conducting that investigation.

Walker's camp brought Timothy Russell to the attention of authorities, sparking the sweeping two-and-a-half year investigation.

Gov. Walker was County Executive when he put Russell in charge of the "Operation Freedom" fund.

Russell also served as deputy chief of staff and housing director for the county.

A criminal complaint claims that he used some of the veterans fund money for vacations to the Caribbean and Hawaii.

Russell's alleged misuse of "Operation Freedom" funds could land him in prison for 14 years along with a hefty fine.

The terms of the plea deal have not been made public.

Walker claims he is absolutely confident he is not the subject of any criminal investigation involving his former aides.