For the first time, a convicted congressional candidate has stated in federal records that U.S. Rep. David Rivera was a part of the conspiracy to funnel illegal contributions to his campaign.
Justin Lamar Sternad said in three recent Federal Elections Commission filings that a total of $81,486.15 in illegal campaign contributions were coordinated or tied to “Ana Alliegro and/or David Rivera.”
The revelations about the two come nearly a year after Sternad’s March 15 guilty plea on counts of accepting illegal campaign contributions, conspiracy and making a false statement on an FEC report.
Sternad’s sentencing has been repeatedly delayed. He’s cooperating with federal investigators who are trying to bring charges against Rivera and Alliegro.
“To those who think this case has gone away: You’re wrong,” said Enrique “Rick” Yabor, a lawyer for Sternad, who last month amended three of his FEC reports to note the involvement of Alliegro and Rivera in his 2012 Democratic primary race for Congressional District 26.