Exclusive: Miami New Times Finds David Rivera's Missing Pal Ana Alliegro

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Ana Sol Alliegro says she won't plead the Fifth. 
In the lakeside tourist city of Granada, Nicaragua, visitors strolling along La Calle Libertad come upon a blue Colonial-style building with a small sign reading, "Salon La Libertad." On a recent afternoon, a slim Cuban-American woman with short blond hair and intense blue eyes chats on her cell phone inside. Her business card identifies her as Ana Solá, a professional stylist and the salon's owner.

Tucked between a small store selling handmade bracelets and the home of Granada's Roman Catholic bishop, Solá's salon offers haircuts, dye jobs, and manicures to the tourists enjoying sweeping views of Lake Nicaragua.

What her customers don't know, though, is that Solá is really Ana Sol Alliegro, the most sought-after woman in Miami. Ever since she allegedly skipped out on an FBI interview on September 6, the 43-year-old, self-anointed "Republican bad girl" has not been seen or heard from except by close relatives, her defense attorney, and former U.S. Rep. David Rivera, the man whose career sank with an only-in-South Florida scandal tied to Alliegro.

The feds say she's a key witness in a probe into whether Rivera broke election laws by secretly financing a ringer against his bitter rival, Joe Garcia, in the 2012 Democratic primary. Alliegro, they say, ran that ringer's campaign and ferried envelopes stuffed with unreported cash to a company making promotional materials.

Through multiple sources, New Times confirmed that Alliegro had landed in Granada. Confronted on her cell phone, Alliegro agrees to speak to New Times, telling her side of the story for the first time. She strikes a defiant tone, insisting she did nothing wrong, denying that she skipped out on the FBI, and promising to spill everything she knows whenever she decides to return to the States.

"I am not a fugitive," Alliegro tells New Times. "I am tired of being depicted as one." Instead, she compares herself to the title character played by comedian Adam Sandler in the 2008 movie You Don't Mess With the Zohan.

"He was a spy for the [Israeli intelligence agency] Mossad," Alliegro says. "All he wanted was to cut hair like Paul Mitchell and make people feel good. That's how I feel."

Alliegro's story is equal parts personal drama and political intrigue. The latter runs in the family.

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Ana's grandfather Anselmo Alliegro was acting president of Cuba for one day after Fulgencio Batista fled the country.
Alliegro was born March 7, 1970. Her grandfather was the president of the Senate in Cuba during the Fulgencio Batista era in the 1950s. Her uncle, Miami attorney Alfredo Duran, fought in the Bay of Pigs, spent 18 months in a Cuban prison, and served as chairman of the Florida Democratic Party from 1976 to 1980.

Alliegro's dad, Anselmo, who grew up with former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez in Santiago de Cuba, made a failed bid for the Florida Legislature in 1998. He made a living as a security consultant, allegedly helping to train the Contras - the U.S.-funded rebels fighting the Soviet-backed Sandinistas in Nicaragua in the 1980s.
(Anselmo denies it, saying he only assisted "a small group of well-intended persons attempting to achieve a democratic transitional government in Nicaragua.")

Her grandad was a big part of El Exilio, assisting scores of Cubans fleeing Castro's regime by providing them with free apartments until they got their feet off the ground. He was also known for paying for the funeral services of his fellow countrymen and doing other favors for Cubans in Miami. "Her grandfather was a great man," says Alliegro's mother, Agueda. "She comes from a very honorable family."

Alliegro attended St. Hugh Catholic School and later Immaculata-La Salle High School, where she graduated in 1988. Her own love affair with conservative politics started young. "As a kid, I had a George H.W. Bush watch," she recalls. "All my life, I have fought for the GOP."

Alliegro always twinned her staunch politics with a stormy personal life. A month after graduation, she married a man named Alexander Niebla. Their union lasted just seven months, ending in a January 1989 divorce. Yet they soon got back together, marrying for a second time on November 11, 1989. The couple had a daughter, but the marriage fell apart again after two and a half years. In January 1992, she divorced Niebla.

Alliegro soon enrolled in Miami-Dade College, taking courses in criminal justice and international affairs, then began pursuing a law degree. But conservative politics never stopped beckoning, driven in part by her then-boyfriend, state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla.

Her own political office seeking ventures were halting and unsuccessful, though; separate 2001 runs against state Rep. Carlos Lacasa and County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa both ended in defeat.

Her personal life didn't fare much better. In 2003, she married Moshe Cosicher, a developer 20 years older; she was wife number four of five. Their marriage lasted two years, with him filing for divorce in March 2005. Two months later, Alliegro filed a domestic violence complaint in Broward County against Cosicher. She says he threatened her with a knife and repeatedly punched her in the face at their home in Plantation. "He beat the living bazooka out of me," she says. However, she didn't press charges.

Cosicher flipped the script two years later, though. In January 2007, she was arrested at her Tigertail Avenue home for allegedly holding Cosicher hostage at gunpoint. A police report says after he refused to fly to Las Vegas to get remarried, she grabbed a .45 caliber pistol, sat naked at a desk with her leg up, and compared the gun to a penis. "If you think your [expletive] is powerful (showing the gun), this is mine," Alliegro allegedly told Cosicher.

Alliegro then fired a round into the ceiling, saying: "You see. It's loaded -- this is business." (Cosicher later refused to press charges so a felony count of false imprisonment was dropped. She served six months of probation and received a withheld adjudication on two misdemeanors.)

Alliegro insists that Cosicher set her up. "If I am pointing a gun at you, wouldn't you run the hell out of there?" she asks rhetorically. "He was upset because I notified State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle that he scammed me out of money."



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chesamcd
chesamcd

LOL I knew this woman when she was a teenager growing up in Miami. She was the biggest bitch and a bully and was always threatening people etc. It's hilarious to see what she has become. I'm not at all surprised. What a nutjob. I hope she ends up serving time, poetic justice.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

The only thing that disturbs me is how did the author obtain her personal e-mails.  

All the rest will be decided by the judicial system but Francisco Alvarado has admitted here that he has violated her right to privacy.  A shameful and criminal act. 

pavallibe
pavallibe

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Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein
Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein

Just your evil, corrupt,violent Cuban. Revoke her citizenship and the citizenship off all those Cuban thugs who infest Miami

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

Why would anyone believe this sleazy, scheming  scammer.  She is about as truthful and ethical as David Rivera, Portilla, Rubio.  All birds of a feather, Miami politial scum.  Let them all emigrate to Nicaragua, never to return.

vjrg
vjrg

Dear Ana: We have all cut to the chase and know how this is going to turn out: Ana cutting a deal with the prosecutor before or during the trial. But dear Ana after hiding for months and having all sorts of time to come up with something better, we are really alarmed at your lack of imagination in crafting your defense. As a fellow cuban I am ashamed this is the best you could do. Fidel comes to mind as someone you could have emulated. Hell, he is not very busy anymore: You could have given him a ring! By the way, my wife is going to be stopping by for a cut and blow at 1:30. Cheers! P.S. My bad, I forgot your salon was in Nicaragua, scratch the appointment.

jaimito
jaimito

Ha ha ha, the official Party Bicycle of the South Florida GOP. 


No, of course, high tailing it to Nicaragua and changing your name is something anyone would do. 

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter



“rivera has been accused of misusing campaign donations for personal use, and Rubio has largely admitted to having done the same thing.

Indeed, the far-right senator was about using a Republican Party credit card to purchase personal items. Rubio conceded it "looks bad," and acknowledged, "I shouldn't have done it that way."

It's worth noting that we're not talking about minor purchases -- Rubio billed the state GOP for more than $100,000 during his two-year tenure as Florida's House speaker, including repairs to his family minivan.

marco rubio and david rivera the two con men also co-owned a house together, a house that went into foreclosure

trishthedish
trishthedish

Of course she will answer whatever questions are asked of her...her response will simply be "I don't remember, I fell off a horse".  This lady is no dummie, she has been "working" below the radar for years.

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