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FBI, Miami-Dade cops investigating Democrat's campaign linked to Congressman David Rivera

The FBI and Miami-Dade police have opened separate criminal investigations into the campaign of a Democratic congressional candidate who, vendors say, was aided by GOP Rep. David Rivera.

Federal agents gathered campaign records, invoices and began interviewing employees at two mail and data companies used by Democrat Justin Lamar Sternad’s primary campaign. Sternad spent about $43,000 in unreported cash and checks on mail services, a witness told The Herald and authorities. Some of the money was stuffed in envelopes bulging with $100 bills.

Federal law required Sternad to quickly report any contributions — including loans —just before the Aug. 14 primary, which he lost to Democrat Joe Garcia, a longtime Rivera rival who Sternad bashed in one of his 11 mailers.

Rivera, investigators suspect, was behind the sophisticated mail campaign run by Sternad, who was an unknown political newcomer and hotel night auditor.

John Borrero, the owner of Rapid Mail and Computer Services in Hialeah, said he and his employees have met with investigators.

“I have been truthful with you, and I have been truthful with them,” said Borrero, referring all questions to police.

But Rivera strenuously denied the allegation Wednesday night in a televised interview on Spanish-language América Tevé’s (Channel 41) A Mano Limpia, insisting that he has no connection to the Sternad campaign, claiming Borrero lied and that The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald produced "nonsense and slander" in league with Garcia’s campaign.

“I’m going to move forward, focused on my work," Rivera said.

Rivera — who denies ever knowing Sternad — also produced a copy of a new campaign report for Sternad that purported to show, for the first time, that the Democrat’s campaign had paid Rapid Mail. Earlier in the day, a reporter for América Tevé said the congressman called her and told her to go to see Sternad’s lawyer, where she would get a scoop on the new campaign report. The lawyer never gave it to her.

Rivera didn’t explain how he got the report and Federal Elections Commission officials told The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald on Wednesday that the document had not been received yet by the FEC.

Even if Sternad amended his report, however, it might not be enough to avoid more questions from investigators.

Sternad referred all calls to attorney Enrique “Rick” Yabor, who refused to comment.

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Michael Wind

jnvestigate the elections in bay harbor islands for the last 20 years,and the dealings with dr.neuhut and the town hall,and corrupt officials.

whasup

Looks like the feds might have finally discovered the coffin the Nosferatu of Miami politics sleeps in by day.

buckeye one

don't look for anything to happen to David.
Fernandez Bungle and Miami-Dade already BOTCHED a previous investigation.
Floriduh's AG Pam Bondi is an incompetent R tool and FDLE is controlled by the corrupt Republicans. They won't bust one of their own no matter how corrupt they are.
The feds are already investigaing Rivera and have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
The crazy Cubans will re-elect this guy and the same crap will go on as usual. Welcome to your new government under the corrupt Repiggie party!

Irritated Tax Payer

If Rivera falls, he will take many others with him. Is this why he is not pursued, Kathy Rundle and Pam Bondi? It will take Federal power to bring about some results. Nothing will happen from within Florida.

Kari Froslan

To Marc Caputo: don't read your posts? I asked yesterday why there was no mention of the other candidate in the race, Gloria Romero Roses? Do you think your readers can't handle a 3-way contest, or is it just that women don't count, even if one ran a good campaign and came in second? By excluding her, you are committing a journalistic sin of omission.

jorge

M.caputo and Manny garcia .Thanks for your job.

Lindsay Lehan

After all these years, I was very happy to see that Bay Harbor Islands elections was mentioned. The manipulation our Towns elections rivals anything that occurs in Hialeah. Why are our corrupt town officlals given a free pass by law enforcement and other regulatory authorities. Hopefully, in the future, someone with authority will investigate our corrupt little Town.

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