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News Service of Florida: David Rivera appeals Florida ethics case

From the News Service of Florida:

Former state lawmaker and Congressman David Rivera has given formal notice that he will take a long-running ethics case to an appeals court, according to an online docket.

Rivera filed a notice of appeal last week in the case, which has included allegations that the Miami Republican was improperly reimbursed for state travel and did not adequately disclose financial information.

The state Commission on Ethics in April backed an administrative law judge's recommendation that Rivera should pay about $58,000 in fines and restitution, though the ultimate decision about penalties would be made by the state House speaker.

The online docket at the 1st District Court of Appeal does not provide details of the arguments in the appeal. 

Rivera, who served a single term in Congress, was a state House member from 2002 to 2010. The ethics case deals with his time in the Legislature.

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