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Report: Accused embezzler Tim Russell misused state tax dollars in '93

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - One of the former Walker aides accused of embezzling money two years ago reportedly misused tax dollars in a state government job in 1993.

The Journal Sentinel said Tim Russell was fired from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, for wrongly billing $1,100 in hotel stays to that agency.

The paper said it had records stating that Russell did not follow the agency’s policies on his expenses, and he provided “false or misleading information” to his bosses when questioned about it.

Officials said Russell improperly billed the state for 23 nights at a Madison hotel in 1992 and ’93. He repaid the money in a deduction from his final paycheck after he was fired.

Russell’s attorney has not commented, and neither has the governor’s office or his campaign.

Russell was among the first to be charged in the current John Doe investigation into Governor Walker’s former aides when he was the Milwaukee County executive.

The 48-year-old Russell is currently accused of embezzling $21,000 from a county event designed to help veterans. 

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