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Wisconsin State Journal: Former top Walker aide Russell had previously been fired for ‘gross misconduct’

-By Mary Spicuzza

January 31, 2012- A former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker accused of embezzling money meant for veterans was previously fired from a state job for "gross misconduct," including misuse of public funds, newly released records show.

Tim Russell, who served as deputy chief of staff and county housing director during Walker's tenure as Milwaukee County executive, was fired nearly two decades ago from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), according to his personnel file, which was released through an open records request.

Earlier this month, Russell was accused of embezzling money meant for veterans and spending some of the cash on things like trips to Hawaii and the Caribbean. He was charged with three counts of embezzlement, two of them felonies.

Walker campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews said "the governor was not aware" of Russell's firing from WHEDA.

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