Milwaukee, Wis.(WFRV) -- The John Doe investigation involving former staff members of Governor Scott Walker has been closed by a Milwaukee County judge, with no criminal charges filed against Walker.
The investigation led to criminal charges against six people, three of which are former Milwaukee County employees. It uncovered crime and misconduct such as embezzlement and campaign finance fraud.
In a statement, the Milwaukee County District Attorney said, "I am satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded. As a consequence, last week my office petitioned for, and Judge Nettesheim has now granted the closure of the John Doe investigation."
Governor Scott Walker said, "I am glad the process has been completed. As many may remember, this entire matter began when we asked the District Attorney to look into concerns we had with respect to Operation Freedom." Governor Walker also expressed his appreciation for the effort undertaken in bringing justice.
Representative Peter Barca said in a statement, "While it is good for the stability of the state that this investigation is over, Gov. Walker needs to finally take responsibility for the criminal activity that happened on his watch. While the governor was not charged, he must make a statement accepting responsibility for the people he trusted, hired and supervised and apologize to the taxpayers, particularly the veterans, who were cheated."
Among those charged in the probe were:
- Tim Russell: Walker's deputy chief of staff, Russell, was sentenced to two years in prison in January after he was convicted of stealing more than $20,000 from a nonprofit group Walker appointed him to lead.
- Kevin D. Kavanaugh: Walker named Kavanaugh to the county Veterans Service Commission. Kavanaugh was found guilty of stealing more than $51,000 that had been donated to help veterans and their families. He was sentenced to two years in prison.