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Former Walker aide pleads not guilty to embezzlement charges

MILWAUKEE — A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive pleaded not guilty Friday to embezzlement charges.

Timothy D. Russell, 48, is accused of embezzling more than $21,000 in 2010 from a veterans-support organization account entrusted to him by Walker.

Russell also is accused of siphoning lesser sums from campaign accounts of two Milwaukee County Board candidates, and prosecutors say he helped set up a shadow Internet system that other Walker aides used to perform campaign work on county time.

He's charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of embezzlement. He previously pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor, and on Friday pleaded not guilty to the other charges.

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