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Tim Russell has reached a plea deal on charges he stole money from a veterans group while working as an aide to Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was Milwaukee County executive, records show.

A plea hearing for Russell has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon, according to online Milwaukee County court records.

Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, who is leading the ongoing John Doe investigation into Walker's associates and former aides, declined to comment Monday about the plea hearing. Russell's defense attorney, Parker Mathers, could not be reached for comment.

Russell, 49, faces two felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor theft charge, related to money he allegedly took that was meant for veterans and their families. Russell took more than $20,000 from a veterans group known as the Heritage Guard Preservation Society, as well as thousands from two Milwaukee County Board candidates' campaign committees, according to the criminal complaint against him. He allegedly used the money for trips to Hawaii and the Caribbean, for meetings with former presidential candidate Herman Cain and campaign operative Mark Block in Atlanta, and for renewing campaign websites for Walker's gubernatorial campaign. The complaint said Russell "stole more than 50 cents of every donation dollar deposited" into the preservation society's account in 2010.

Russell worked as a campaign staffer and as Walker's deputy chief of staff and county housing director during the governor's time as Milwaukee County executive.

Another former Walker aide, Kelly Rindfleisch, 44, was sentenced last week to six months in jail for doing illegal campaign work out of Walker's Milwaukee County executive office.

Last week, the sentencing for former Walker aide Darlene Wink was postponed for a third time. She has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of working on a political campaign while she was supposed to be doing her county job for Walker and was scheduled to be sentenced last week. But the judge granted Landgraf's request to push the sentencing back, and Wink is expected to testify against Russell, who is scheduled to go on trial on Dec. 3.

Wink's sentencing was postponed until Jan. 10.

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State Government Reporter for Wisconsin State Journal