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John Doe probe into Gov. Walker closed; no charges will come forth


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - No new charges will come out of a two-year-old John Doe investigation in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker during his time as Milwaukee County Executive.

WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee first reported that a release from the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office said that the probe is now closed.

Three former Milwaukee County employees and three others tied to the investigation were charged and convicted for crimes tied to the investigation, which was started by DA John Chisolm.

Tim Russell, a former Walker aide, was charged and convicted of stealing money from a non-profit veterans group. Kelly Rindfleisch was convicted of felony misconduct in public office, which was part of a plea deal. Darlene Wink was charged and convicted for working on a Walker political campaign during county work time. 

Kevin Kavanaugh was convicted of stealing money from a non-profit veterans group. William Gardner was convicted for excessive political contributions. Brian Pierick was charged and convicted for misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Governor Walker has repeated said throughout the process, which began in 2010, that he was assiting and cooperating with the investigation.

In a statement released by Walker Friday, "I am glad the process has been completed. As many may remember, this entire matter began when we asked the District Attorney to look into concerns we had with respect to Operation Freedom. We appreciate the effort that was undertaken and to bring appropriate matters to justice."