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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:57 PM

Suspect in David Rivera campaign-finance scandal to be charged Friday with federal crimes

Suspect in David Rivera campaign-finance scandal to be charged Friday with federal crimes
Posted on Thursday, 02.21.13
By Manny Garcia and Marc Caputo
mcaputo@MiamiHerald.com


A former candidate under FBI investigation with former U.S. Rep David Rivera is scheduled to be charged Friday with federal crimes over his campaign finances, sources tell The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.

The charges against Justin Lamar Sternad stem from an investigation by the newspapers, which first found discrepancies in his congressional campaign finance reports last August.

The FBI then began investigating Sternad, whose reports could have concealed as much as $100,000 in services and mailers, some of which attacked a Democratic rival of Rivera, who is a Republican.

Sternad is scheduled to surrender Friday morning in federal court, charged with lying on his federal campaign reports to hide the source of secret money funneled into his run for congress. Sternad is also charged with conspiring with others as part of the alleged scheme to defraud the United States.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/21/3246700/suspect-in-congressman-david-rivera.html#storylink=cpy

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