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Convicted embezzler Tim Russell claims he acted alone in scheme


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Former Milwaukee County Walker aide Tim Russell said he alone set up the mechanism which allowed him to embezzle $21,000 from a veterans’ program.

Russell was sentenced to two years in prison and five years of probation Tuesday. And Circuit Judge David Hansher wanted to know if anyone else was in on the scheme.

Governor Walker – who was the Milwaukee County executive at the time – put Russell in charge of an annual program at the Milwaukee County Zoo to benefit veterans.

Russell said he convinced Walker to change the group that managed the program, so it could continue after Walker was elected governor. But instead, prosecutors said he stole $5,000 on the first day he had control of the new group’s bank account.

The judge said Russell embezzled 50 percent of the money he raised for the program in 2010.

Russell apologized in court Tuesday, saying it hurt him that he effectively ended the program. But Judge Hansher said he found Russell’s apology insincere.