As the continuing FBI John Doe investigation probably snags Walker for a number of charges, the first stages leading to that undoing of his career begin this month and continue with two trials of his former staff where he is linked. Tim Russell and Kelly Rindfleisch probably don’t want to take the fall for him and may end up sealing his fate.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is on a witness list in the embezzlement trial of a top aide during Walker’s tenure as Milwaukee County Executive, prosecutors said.
Walker is one of 42 prospective witnesses in Timothy D. Russell’s trial on three counts of theft, including the embezzlement of $21,042 from a fund for veterans and their families and alleged thefts from the campaigns of two candidates for the Milwaukee County Board, the Milwaukee, Wis., Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday.
The trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 3, and is the second criminal case in which Walker has been listed as a possible witness that grew from an investigation of Walker’s aides and associates. He is also on the list of witnesses in the case of Kelly Rindfleisch, whose scheduled Oct. 15 trial involves accusations she did campaign work while at her taxpayer-funded county position in Walker’s County Executive office, the newspaper said.
Russell worked as Walker’s deputy chief of staff. Rindfleisch succeeded him in that position.
Tim Russell’s trial involves one felony count of theft (value exceeding $10,000), a Class G felony punishable by fines of up to $25,000 and/or 10 years in prison. One felony count of theft (value $2,500-5,000), a Class I felony punishable by fines of up to $10,000 and/or 3.5 years in prison. One misdemeanor count of theft (value not exceeding $2,500), a Class A misdemeanor punishable by fines not more than $10,000 and/or up to 9 months in prison.
Kelly Rindfleisch’s trial involves four felony counts of misconduct in public office. Each charge is a Class I felony punishable by fines of not more than $10,000 and/or up to 3.5 years in jail for each count.
It’s not good news for Walker with the Rindfleisch trial since the emails that are the smoking gun that Walker knew about the secret network that Tim Russell set up in his Milwaukee County Executive office will be used in the prosecution.
Kelly M. Rindfleisch, a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker, lost her attempt to reverse a trial court ruling that said she could not prevent emails obtained by prosecutors from being used at her trial.
A state Appeals Court Tuesday refused to consider the question, though Rindfleisch could raise the issue again after her trial if she’s convicted. Rindfleisch, 43, is accused of four felony counts of criminal misconduct for doing campaign work while at her job as deputy chief of staff to Walker in 2010, when he was Milwaukee County executive.
The emails she sought to keep out of her trial came from two personal accounts and were obtained by prosecutors through a subpoena.
Look for Walker to make a few more calls to the Koch Brothers for more dirty money for his legal defense fund. He’s getting cornered now.