Jury convicts former associate of Gov. Scott Walker

Published On: Oct 12 2012 10:26:44 PM CDT
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee County jury has convicted one of Gov. Scott Walker's former associates of stealing money donated to help veterans and their families.

Jurors Friday convicted 62-year-old Kevin Kavanaugh of Cudahy of stealing more than $51,000.

Prosecutors alleged that Kavanaugh had skimmed the money from bank deposits and phony withdrawals from accounts for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a veterans service organization.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/W1r8hG) reports Kavanaugh said nothing following the verdict. Sentencing is set for Dec. 7.

The defense argued Kavanaugh was simply a terrible bookkeeper.

Walker appointed Kavanaugh to the county Veterans Service Commission when Walker was Milwaukee County executive.

Kavanaugh was charged as part of a secret investigation Milwaukee prosecutors launched into Walker's office. The governor has not been charged with any wrongdoing.