Politico

Published: Apr 11, 2014 7:31 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - An associate of former U.S. Rep. David Rivera is seeking release on bail while awaiting trial on charges of violating federal campaign finance laws.
    
A hearing is set Friday in Miami federal court for 44-year-old Ana Alliegro. Federal prosecutors want Alliegro jailed because she might flee prosecution. She was arrested in Nicaragua in March.
    
Alliegro's attorney wants house arrest.
    
Alliegro is charged with funneling over $80,000 to the 2012 Democratic primary campaign of Justin Lamar Sternad, a previously unknown candidate who pleaded guilty last year to campaign finance violations. Sternad is cooperating with prosecutors.
    
The case centers on whether Rivera and Alliegro were using Sternad to weaken Democrat Joe Garcia, who eventually defeated Rivera for South Florida's 26th District U.S. House seat. Rivera, a Republican, has denied any wrongdoing.

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