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Rivera hires attorney in FEC case

@PatriciaMazzei

Former U.S. Rep. David Rivera has hired an attorney to defend him in a civil lawsuit brought by the Federal Election Commission.

Court records show Rivera retained Miami attorney Roy Kahn on Thursday. The FEC wants Rivera to pay $486,000 in penalties for failing to report at least $69,000 in secret cash he funneled to a ringer candidate in 2012.

Kahn said the defense will soon respond to the feds' July filing

"Not a complicated case," he said. "Pretty simple."

Rivera eluded U.S. marshals trying to serve him with the lawsuit for three months. The marshals finally caught up with the Miami Republican at Orlando International Airport last month.

Kahn is best known for his criminal defense work, but he insisted he's also been involved in civil litigation for the past 15 years.

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