MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Prosecutors are recommending two years in prison for a former Milwaukee County Walker aide convicted of embezzling $21,000.
In a sentencing memo to the court, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf said Tim Russell used his relationship with Walker to steal money intended to help veterans and their families – and he spent it on tropical vacations instead.
Landgraf told the court that the 49-year-old Russell showed, “moral depravity.”
Russell is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty in late November to an embezzlement charge. Two other theft counts were dropped in a plea deal, along with a charge of misconduct in office.
Russell was a deputy chief of staff when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive. He admitted stealing over $20,000 from an annual program at the county zoo for Wisconsin veterans.
The other charges had accused Russell of stealing over $3,500 from the campaign funds of two Milwaukee County Board candidates.
Russell was charged in a wide-ranging John Doe investigation into Walker’s former aides and associates in the county. All 5 associates have now been convicted.