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Trial begins for former Walker associate

MADISON (WKOW) -- A former associate of Gov. Scott Walker, Kevin Kavanaugh is on trial in Milwaukee on charges he embezzled more than $40,000 from veterans' groups.

Most of the money was raised for Operation Freedom, an annual veterans' event hosted by Walker while he was Milwaukee County Executive, according to a criminal complaint.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports prosecutors told jurors that Kavanaugh regularly skimmed money and took it for himself in cash.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A former associate of Gov. Scott Walker is set to stand trail this week on charges he embezzled about $42,000 from veterans' groups.

Kevin D. Kavanaugh, of Cudahy, is set to begin trial in Milwaukee on Monday and proceedings are scheduled to run through Friday. Kavanaugh has pleaded not guilty to one count of felony theft and four counts of felony fraud.

During his term as Milwaukee County executive, Walker appointed Kavanaugh to the county Veterans Service Commission. Prosecutors say he stole donations intended for veterans and their families.

Kavanaugh was charged as part of a secret investigation into activity in Walker's office. The governor has not been charged with anything.

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