Justin Lamar Sternad, who is to be sentenced Monday in Miami federal court for campaign-finance crimes, said in an interview Wednesday night on America TeVe that he believes former Congressman David Rivera was part of the conspiracy.
Sternad, however, said he had no direct knowledge of Rivera’s role and suggested that the former congressman’s gal pal, Ana Alliegro, had far more to do with the criminal effort to underwrite his campaign.
Neither Rivera nor Alliegro have been charged in connection with the case involving Sternad. Both Rivera and Alliegro have denied wrongdoing.
Sternad said he was “manipulated” by Alliegro and that she promised to find “Democratic donors” to help fund his longshot campaign.
Alliegro referred to the campaign’s secret financiers only as "the mafia," which Sternad said he later guessed was Rivera.
Campaign vendors hired by Sternad told The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald last year that both Rivera and Alliegro were involved in Sternad’s race.
Sternad said Alliegro handled the campaign money and vendors, and suggested that she tricked him.
"When we first met she told me there were some Democratic donors who were willing to support me in the campaign, and that she could help me get the contributions," Sternad said. "I was new at this game. It was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done."
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