FBI/John Doe investigation expands as Walker is subpoenaed in Rindfleisch trial

UPDATE: Kelly Rindfleisch, Walker’s deputy chief of staff when he was Milwaukee County executive, will plead guilty to a single felony count as part of a deal with prosecutors, according to a Settlement Agreement.

The John Doe investigation has taken another dark turn for Scott Walker. Walker’s deputy chief of staff when he was the Milwaukee County executive, Kelly Rindfleisch, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of misconduct in office. These felony charges carry a maximum combined penalty of $40,000 fine and six years in prison. It turns out that Scott Walker will not just be a witness but additional news of a subpoena for his testimony will be part of the trial, which begins on October 15.

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) — A subpoena for Governor Scott Walker’s testimony in an upcoming criminal trial of one of his former aides has been submitted to a Milwaukee County court.

Clerk Gina Barron for Judge David Hanscher tells 27 News the subpoena was submitted to the court Friday.

Barron says the subpoena documents show the subpoena was served on Walker’s attorney, Michael Steinle.

Steinle has yet to return a call from 27 News seeking comment.

Walker was previously identified by a prosecutor as a potential witness in the October 15 trial of Kelly Rindfleisch in Hanscher’s court.

Authorities say Rindfleisch committed misconduct by working on campaign activities in 2010, while at her government job as deputy chief of staff for Walker when Walker was Milwaukee County executive.

Authorities say Rindfleisch exchanged dozens of emails with others on behalf of the campaign of lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis, who is now state medicaid director under Walker.

Authorities also say Rindfleisch used a secret email system, with records of emails unknown to county custodians of such records.

Rindfleish’s attorney, Franklyn Gimbel, and assistant Milwaukee County District Attorney Bruce Landgraf have yet to return calls from 27 News seeking comment on the subpoena served on Walker’s attorney for the governor’s court appearance to testify.


This story is developing and more news about what transpires will be available.

Meanwhile, another former Walker associate is going through trial procedures as well. Kevin Kavanugh faces charges where he embezzled thousands of dollars from veterans’ groups.

The trial for Kevin Kavanaugh begins Monday in Milwaukee. Jury selection is expected to take up a good part of the first day.

Kavanaugh, a former appointee of then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, is charged with one count of felony theft and four counts of felony fraud. Prosecutors say Kavanaugh embezzled $42,000 from veterans’ groups. He had been appointed to a veterans’ service post by Walker.

The charges against Kavanaugh stem from a secret John Doe investigation into activities that took place while Walker lead Milwaukee County government. The probe began in 2010 and has not yet concluded.


UPDATE on Kavanaugh:

MILWAUKEE, Oct 12 (Reuters) – A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was convicted on Friday of stealing money from a fund for families of U.S. soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A jury in Milwaukee County Circuit Court found Kevin Kavanaugh guilty of embezzling more than $42,000 from Operation Freedom, a military appreciation event held each year at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Kavanaugh, who worked for Walker when the first-term Republican governor served as Milwaukee County executive, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Sentencing is expected on Dec. 7.

Kavanaugh, 62, was the treasurer of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a charity involved in Operation Freedom, from 2006 to 2009. Walker appointed him to serve on the Milwaukee County Veteran Service Commission during Walker’s term as Milwaukee County executive.

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