Witness is a No Show in Congressional Race Probe

Ana Alliegro, a campaign manager for former Democratic congressional candidate Justin Lamar Sternad, was expected to be interviewed by authorities Thursday

Saturday, Sep 8, 2012  |  Updated 10:03 AM EDT
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The family of a witness who failed to appear for an interview with the FBI is worried about the woman s whereabouts, The Miami Herald reported. Ana Alliegro, a campaign manager for former Democratic congressional candidate Justin Lamar Sternad, was expected to be interviewed by authorities who are investigating the congressional race between Sternad and Republican Rep. David Rivera but failed to show, according to the newspaper. Her mother told The Herald she was very worried.

The family of a witness who failed to appear for an interview with the FBI is worried about the woman s whereabouts, The Miami Herald reported. Ana Alliegro, a campaign manager for former Democratic congressional candidate Justin Lamar Sternad, was expected to be interviewed by authorities who are investigating the congressional race between Sternad and Republican Rep. David Rivera but failed to show, according to the newspaper. Her mother told The Herald she was very worried.

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The family of a witness who failed to appear for an interview with the FBI is worried about the woman’s whereabouts, The Miami Herald reported.

Ana Alliegro, a campaign manager for former Democratic congressional candidate Justin Lamar Sternad, was expected to be interviewed by authorities who are investigating the congressional race between Sternad and Republican Rep. David Rivera but failed to show, according to the newspaper.

“I am very worried,” her mother, Agueda “Gudy” Alliegro, was quoted as saying.

The probe will investigate whether Sternard improperly received thousands of dollars for campaign mailings from Rivera in a race against Rivera's rival, Joe Garcia.

Neither Alliegro’s mother nor her attorney, Mauricio Padilla, have had contact with the woman. Her mother said she didn’t show up at the family’s Little Havana as expected.

A missing person’s report has not been filed.

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The probe into the race began after reports that Sternad did not disclose the source to some of his election funds. Both campaign vendors and Sternad’s opponents in the primary believe that Rivera was involved in his campaign, the newspaper reported.

Sternad declined to comment to The Herald. Rivera denied the claims in a statement.

“Congressman Rivera has never met or spoken to Mr. Sternad and knows absolutely nothing about him or his campaign,” the statement read.

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