3 charged in investigation related to Wis. gov.

January 5, 2012 - 1:30 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former close aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during his time as Milwaukee County executive is among three people who've been arrested and charged with felonies as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Former Milwaukee County housing director Tim Russell was charged Thursday with one misdemeanor and two felony theft charges for taking more than $10,000 from a business. He worked for Walker when he served as Milwaukee County executive.

Former Milwaukee County Veteran Service Commission member Kevin Kavanaugh was charged with five felonies. One is for theft from a business greater than $10,000 and the others are for fraudulent writings by a corporate officer. Walker appointed Kavanaugh to the commission.

Department of Public Instruction worker Brian Pierick was charged with two felony counts of child enticement.