The embezzlement case against a man who was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's deputy chief of staff when the governor was the Milwaukee County executive is getting a new judge. The 48-year-old former aide is accused of stealing more than $21,000 from a nonprofit that Walker asked him to run.
He's being charged with two counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft. If convicted, he could face more than 13 years in prison and fines of $45,000.
The aide is accused of stealing money to pay for tropical vacations and a weekend political strategy session with former presidential candidate Herman Cain in Atlanta. Some of the money was also used to renew the domain names of websites for Walker's gubernatorial campaign.
Prosecutors say the aide took the money from the fundraising arm of Operation Freedom, an annual event that honors veterans. He's also accused of embezzling more than $3,500 from two former County Board candidates. His arraignment is set for Feb. 24.
The former chief of staff's case is one of several that make up a large John Doe investigation into the activities of many of Walker's current and former aides. Given the complexity of these charges, this aide and others being examined have a long, complicated legal process ahead of them.
People accused of theft, fraud and other white collar crimes need representation by attorneys who have the experience and knowledge it takes to successfully defend clients against these charges. If you've been accused of a white collar crime, it's important to act quickly so you can begin building your defense quickly and discreetly.
Source: WEAU.com, "Update: New judge assigned to former Walker aide," The Associated Press, Feb. 16, 2012