Ringer Candidate Justin Lamar Sternad Sentenced to 7 Months

Categories: Politicks

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David Rivera is a free man and running for his old congressional seat that he lost to Democrat Joe Garcia in the last election cycle.

Justin Lamar Sternad, the man many suspect Rivera used as a ringer in the Democratic primary against Garcia, will spend the next seven months behind bars on campaign violation charges.

See also: Justin Lamar Sternad Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Cooperate with David Rivera Investigation

Sternad ran an odd campaign in the District 26 race. He went by his middle name Lamar in a bid some suspect was meant to lead voters to believe he was black. He sent out several direct mail pieces that bashed Garcia, but he never seemed to have a bad word to say about Rivera, the Republican he supposedly would have ultimately wanted to unseat. He was also a political unknown and working the night shift at a hotel front desk.

No one knew where his money was coming from, and eventually the feds came looking around. Sternad admitted that his "de facto" campaign manager was Ana Sol Alliegro, a Republican "bad girl," and close confident of Rivera's.

Campaign vendors told the Miami Herald that Rivera and Alliegro helped steer unreported cash and checks to Sternad's campaign. Alliegro ended up fleeing the country to avoid charges. Rivera so far has not been charged.

Sternad has maintained that was taking advantage of and mislead by Alliegro, and has indicated he's more than willing to testify against both her and Rivera.

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On March 3, 2014, the U.S. Government asked the Nicaraguan police to arrest Ana Sol Alliegro, my daughter.  Since she had NOT violated the laws of that country, it was done extra-officially.  She was forcibly kidnaped by two men while in the street and briskly thrown in the back of an unmarked car.  The experience terrified her.  She was then kept incommunicado, dehydrated and deprived of sleep in a cell for four days and three nights.  Although there were daily flights to Miami, only after the fourth day, a Friday, was she cuffed, and paraded in front of the local press before being handed over to two FBI agents waiting in the airplane.  The two agents kept threatened her and continued questioning her all the way to the FBI North Miami office.  Ana arrived dehydrated and hallucinating from lack of sleep.  U.S. Diplomatic Security played a role in the affair.

When she was finally taken to the Federal Detention Center in Miami, she was placed in isolation for observation due to her “medical condition.”  Two attorneys visited her upon arrival at the detention center and can attest as to her state of mind.  For ten days, Ana was not allowed to call her parents.  Her arrival on a Friday seemed intentional to delay a hearing before a magistrate until the following Monday.


Ana had traveled to Miami on a previous occasion at the request of the FBI for an interview.  In her May 31, 2013 interview with América TeVé, she said that if necessary, she would return voluntarily.  The FBI knew her address and telephone number and it was public knowledge she operated a beauty salon in Granada, Nicaragua.  Since, she had publicly stated she would return if asked, the manner of her arrest was totally unnecessary.  It was purposely orchestrated to force her cooperation under duress in a political case against a targeted Republican.

Ana, a political consultant, met Justine Sternad almost six month after he had registered to run in the election and offered her services as a volunteer with the proviso that she was a Republican and would not be able to help him in the General Elections.  Justine Sternad agreed.

Though Justine Sternad was the Treasurer of his own campaign and entirely responsible for accepting, refusing, and reporting contributions, he is now seeking sentence dispensation by blaming others.

On July 6, 2000, Sternad was arrested at 12151 SW 202 Street, Miami, FL, and charged with assault and battery in a domestic violence case.  He pleaded nolo contendere. (Source: Miami-Dade Court Clerk, Criminal Records, Case M00038301, July 7, 2000).

The press painted Ana as the “campaign manager” of Justine Sternad.  However, her work was as an unpaid volunteer.  She never agreed to be his manager.  In fact, at the time, she was the campaign manager for Enrique Yabor, an attorney running for judge.  Later, Yabor appeared as the attorney for Justine Sternad. 

 

When Ana needed an attorney, Yabor introduced her to Mauricio Padilla, a little known attorney that offered to represent her pro bono.  However, Yabor never disclosed that Padilla was a Democrat and that he was his relative and business partner.  Neither did Yabor disclose that Padilla had been arrested in Miami, in 1993 for carrying a concealed firearm, in 1996 for petit theft, in 1998 for possession of a controlled substance, and in 1999 again for petit theft (Source: information available from FDLE via FOI).  Padilla’s record speaks as to his character and formation.

Padilla negotiated with the FBI for Ana to be interviewed in lieu of being summoned by a Grand Jury.  In middle of the night, Padilla called her and said that since the warren was for equipment and documents the FBI already had she did not have to appear.  The following morning, he contradicted what he had told her the previous night.  It was then that Ana decided to take a break and left for Granada, Nicaragua, to visit friends until the media frenzy subsided.  At the time, she had not been indicted and there was nothing preventing her from traveling.

In mid-October 2013, Padilla asked Ana to return for an interview with the FBI.  She arrived voluntarily and answered their questions for two days.  According to Ana, Padilla suggested she had immunity and encouraged her to cooperate fully with the FBI.  He also suggested she surrendered her passport.  Since she had misplaced her original passport, she was traveling on a temporary passport which is the one she volunteered to the FBI expecting it to be returned.  This did not happen. 

PADILLA & YABOR, P.A., incorporated on February 25, 2014.  However, PADILLA’s family and business association with YABOR predates the mid-October 2013 interview with the FBI (Florida Division of Corporation Records).

According to an August 16, 2013, article in the Miami Herald, “Derek Medina, the South Miami man who allegedly posted to Facebook a grisly photo of his dead wife after shooting her Aug. 8, 2013, had a brief hearing Friday [August 9, 2013] in Miami-Dade County Criminal Court.  His attorneys -- Saam Zangeneh, Mauricio Padilla and Rick Yabor -- told Circuit Judge Yvonne Colodny that they would be taking over Medina's defense from the Public Defender's Office.” 

Nearly four month before Padilla represented Ana at the FBI mid-October 2013 interrogations, Padilla was already and associate of Rick Yabor.  Moreover, Florida Division of Corporation records show Enrique “Rick” YABOR and Mauricio PADILLA sharing the same office at 2200 South Dixie Highway, Suite 704, Miami, as early as February 7, 2011 (Source: Florida Division of Corporation Records, Document number P11000013507, Feb. 7, 2011).

In October 2013, Padilla represented Ana, and Yabor represented Sternad, the person accusing Ana.  If this was not a conflict of interest, it certainly had the appearance of one.  At worst, it was an attempt by the FBI to infiltrate the defense team as it has been known to occur.  At Yabor’s suggestion, Sternad was ‘cooperating’ with the FBI, and Padilla suggested that Ana join Justine Sternad to finger Rivera.

Ana had not been indicted or placed under arrest.  She was free to travel and had a small business at risk in Nicaragua.  She had found the lost passport and used it to return to try and save her business.  This passport had all her visas for Nicaragua.  Ana had said that, if required, she would return voluntarily upon request as she had 

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