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Records of 2 former Walker spokespeople subpoenaed, court file says

Two former spokespeople for Gov. Scott Walker while he was Milwaukee County executive have captured the attention of prosecutors in the long-running secret John Doe investigation.

Fran McLaughlin, Walker's county spokeswoman, and Jon Myhre, a deputy spokesman, were among a group of seven former county employees whose personnel records were subpoenaed by prosecutors in connection with the investigation, according to court records.

The others whose county personnel records were subpoenaed were Darlene Wink, Kelly Rindfleisch, Tom Nardelli, Tim Russell and Cynthia Archer.

Wink, Rindfleisch and Russell have been charged as a result of the investigation; Archer and Nardelli have not. Wink has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for doing campaign work on county time, and Rindfleisch faces four felony charges alleging fundraising and other campaign work while at work in Walker's county executive office.

Russell faces charges of embezzling more than $20,000 from a veterans group that helped with an annual picnic for veterans at the zoo that Walker hosted.

The mention of the subpoenaed personnel records is included in Rindfleisch's criminal court file, attached to a prosecution motion opposing a change of venue for Rindfleisch's case. The subpoena was issued Aug. 15, and the records were turned over to prosecutors Aug. 29 and Sept. 2.

The document does not state a reason why prosecutors wanted the personnel records.

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