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UPDATE: Former Walker Appointee Sentenced for Theft

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By: former walker appointee, kevin kavanaugh, theft, sentencing

UPDATED: Friday, December 7, 2012 --- 11:55 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A former appointee of Gov. Scott Walker convicted of embezzling money from a veterans' group has been sentenced to two years in prison.

A jury found Kevin Kavanaugh guilty of theft in October after prosecutors said he stole more than $51,000 intended to help veterans and their families.

The 62-year-old Kavanaugh apologized in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Friday, but Judge Michael Guolee called the apology "worthless." Kavanaugh will also serve two years of supervision after his prison sentence and must pay more than $51,000 in restitution.

As Milwaukee County executive, Walker appointed Kavanaugh to head the county Veterans Service Commission. Prosecutors say Kavanaugh skimmed money from phony withdrawals from a veterans-service organization.

Kavanaugh is the fifth Walker aide or associate to be convicted as part of a secret probe, and a sixth is awaiting trial.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press
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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 -- 5:55 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A former appointee of Gov. Scott Walker is set to be sentenced after he was convicted of stealing more than $51,000 intended to assist veterans and their families.

A jury convicted Kevin D. Kavanaugh in October of stealing at least $10,000 in a business setting. He faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $25,000 fine when he's sentenced Friday morning.

As Milwaukee County executive, Walker had appointed Kavanaugh to head the county Veterans Service Commission. Prosecutors say Kavanaugh skimmed money from phony withdrawals from a veterans-service organization.

Defense attorney Christopher Hartley says there was no direct evidence that Kavanaugh spent the missing money or kept it for himself.

Kavanaugh is the fifth Walker aide or associate to be convicted as part of a secret probe.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 --- 12:25 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A former Milwaukee County official appointed by Gov. Scott Walker while he was county executive is hospitalized and was unable to appear in court as part of an ongoing secret investigation.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Kevin Kavanaugh has an unspecified health problem and didn't appear Monday in Milwaukee County court.

The 61-year-old is accused of five felonies for allegedly embezzling about $42,000 in donations intended to help military veterans and their families.

The judge ordered Kavanaugh to appear in court April 18 or he'll issue a bench warrant for his arrest. Kavanaugh is free on a $20,000 signature bond.

Walker appointed Kavanaugh to the county Veterans Service Commission. Kavanaugh has pleaded not guilty to theft and fraud charges.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com


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