Former Walker appointee sentenced for theft

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A former associate 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. Prosecutors say Kavanaugh stole more than $51,000 intended to help veterans and their families.

The 62-year-old Kavanaugh apologized in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Friday. 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 he skimmed money from phony withdrawals from a veterans-service organization.

Kavanaugh is the fifth Walker aide or associate to be convicted in a secret probe. A sixth is awaiting trial.
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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.


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