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Former Gov. Walker aide sentenced for stealing $51K from veteran events


MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A former appointee when Governor Scott Walker was the Milwaukee County executive was sent to prison for two years Friday.

62-year-old Kevin Kavanaugh of Cudahy was also told to spend two years under extended supervision, for embezzling over $51,000 in donations intended to help veterans.

A jury found Kavanaugh guilty of skimming money through his former role as a treasurer of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Much of that money was taken from a Milwaukee County Zoo event to benefit veterans.

Kavanaugh and four other Walker associates have been convicted of embezzlement and illegal campaign activities, which were uncovered by a John Doe investigation from Milwaukee County prosecutors.

Circuit Judge Michael Goulee said prison time was necessary to deter others who think about stealing from charities. The judge also said Kavanaugh showed a lack of remorse.