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Plea bargain for ex-Walker aide in Milwaukee County

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MILWAUKEE (WSAU) A former aide to Governor Scott Walker when he was the Milwaukee County executive has agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges. Darlene Wink was charged yesterday with working on campaign fund-raisers, dinners, and Milwaukee County Republican Party matters while she was supposed to provide customer service for county residents.

Wink is free on a signature bond.

A letter from prosecutors said she was given lesser charges because she agreed to provide information about an undisclosed destruction of digital evidence -- plus other matters being pursued in an ongoing John Doe probe into Walker aides. She's scheduled to enter guilty pleas on February seventh.

Also charged yesterday was former Walker deputy chief-of-staff Kelly Rindfleisch. She's due in court next month on four felony counts of misconduct in public office. Her charges mentioned a private e-mail network that let Milwaukee County aides discuss campaign and county government business without co-workers or the public knowing about it. Rindfleisch is accused of doing campaign work on Milwaukee County time for Brett Davis, who ran and lost for lieutenant governor last year. He's now Governor Walker's Medicaid director. Rindfleisch's lawyer said he'll raise a number of legal objections -- but there's been no talk of a plea bargain in her case.

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