Ana Alliegro, who the Miami in FBI want to interview about her relationship with former U.S. Rep. David Rivera and the corrupt campaign of failed Democratic primary campaign of Justin Lamar Sternad, told Miami New Times last week that she is innocent of any wrongdoing and is "laying low" in Nicarauga as the owner of a local beauty salon.
Her business venture in the Central American country apparently turned out to be a bust.
On Monday, La Prensa, a national newspaper based in Managua, reported that Alliegro had hastily closed her "upscale beauty salon" just "days" after opening it on Calle Libertad - Liberty Street -- in Granada.
The newspaper reported that Alliegro had "the appearance of a wealthy businesswoman" but bolted the lakeside city in western Nicaragua after being in town for only about three months.
"She lived there for a few months and established a beauty salon that was open just a few days and this week they started to take the furniture out," La Prensa quoted unidentified people as saying. "I don't know where she went."
Another unidentified person told the newspaper that Alliegro, who told locals that she was from New York, said she had been in Estelí before coming to Granada.
Estelí is located about 150 miles north of Managua and is one of the country's larger cities.
In the New Times interview, Alliegro said she would return soon to Miami to renew her passport.
Apparently, the lack of a passport didn't keep the Cuban-American from traveling around Central America.
La Prensa reported that Costa Rican immigration authorities said Alliegro had entered Nicaragua from Costa Rica on March 1, traveling from one country to another without a problem.
Alliegro has refused to talk to The Miami Herald ever since it unmasked the criminal campaign of Sternad and her role in it.
She claimed she was never a consultant for Sternad, who was used as a proxy to trash Rivera’s political opponent, Democrat Joe Garcia.
Sternad pleaded guilty March 15 to federal campaign-finance and conspiracy violations. Sternad is cooperating with federal prosecutors.
“I was taken advantage of and used by others,” Sternad said when he pleaded guilty in federal court.