Tim Russell Claims in Prison Documents He Had "Authorization" to Dip Into Funds | WisCommunity

Tim Russell Claims in Prison Documents He Had "Authorization" to Dip Into Funds

Tim Russell, Scott Walker's top aide who was sentenced to two years last year for stealing more than $21,000 from a veterans' fund, told officials at the Winnebago Correctional Center that "he thought he did have the authorization to do the things that he did."   Russell's comments came in an application for a work release program, where the offenses that landed the inmate are first detailed and then the inmate is given a chance to tell their side of the story in section called "Inmate's Version."  Russell says he took the money to pay for expenses and work "he should have been paid for," saying it was the "equivalent to a consulting fee."
Russell reiterates that he, "would not have done this if he didn't think he had the authority to do this."
Who did Russell think was giving him the authority to dip into the funds?  Russell reported directly to then Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker.  Walker also authorized Russell to remove control of the veterans' fund, called Operation Freedom, from Alonzo Cudworth American Legion Post in 2009. 
This is the first time that Russell has indicated that anyone authorized him to take the funds.  In the sentencing hearing, Judge David Hansher , but Russell remained tight-lipped.
In another section of the work release application, which was obtained via an open records request, Russell was asked what he liked about his various government jobs for Milwaukee County, saying, "One thing I liked about all of them was each allowed me to grow in knowledge and ability to apply critical thinking and creativity."   Russell's application for work release was ultimatly approved.  His latest pay stub shows he was paid $9 an hour for working a 45 hour week at Konz Wood Products in Appleton.  At night he must return to the minimum security facility, which is famously located on the shores of Lake Winnebago.      

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February 25, 2014 - 4:21pm

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