Former campaign aide to Tommy Thompson, and close aide and associate of Scott Walker has been arrested in Milwaukee County and charged with two counts of felony theft in a business setting, according to court records.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “No Quarter Blog” reporter Dan Bice reported the arrest at 10:30 am today. Russell was one of the first aides to Walker to have a computer seized by investigators in August 2010, prior to the election. Despite his close ties to Walker and the GOP, Russell was virtually cut loose by Walker and the Republicans – receiving no political appointment in the Administration, unlike Cynthia Archer, who is still working in an Administration job (Department of Children and Families) after a leave of absence shortly after her computer was seized by Federal Agents.
The Felony counts are for theft in a business setting – one count class I greater than $2500-5000; the second count class G greater than $10,000. The Class A Misdemeanor is for theft leass than $2500.
Milwaukee county DA John Chisolm has scheduled a noon Thursday press conference to update additional information on the charges and investigation.