Walker aide gets two years in prison

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by Becky Mortensen

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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