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  David Rivera evades U.S. Marshals
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Oct 13, 2017 09:09pm
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AuthorMatt Dixon
News DateFriday, October 13, 2017 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTALLAHASSEE — While former congressman David Rivera runs for the Florida House, he is also running from the U.S. Marshals Service.

The U.S. Marshals have attempted to serve the Miami Republican with a summons tied to a Federal Election Commission lawsuit since July, but have been unable to find him. He's also running for an open 2018 Florida House seat.

“The Commission’s diligent efforts to serve Rivera have been thwarted so far by Rivera’s apparent evasion of service,” wrote FEC attorney Greg Mueller in an Oct. 12 request for more time to serve Rivera. “Rivera is almost certainly aware of this lawsuit.”

U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola approved the extension request on Friday, one day after FEC sought more time. The FEC now has until Dec. 11 to find Rivera.

The FEC is suing him in Miami federal court over an alleged illegal campaign finance scheme that led to two people serving jail time. Under the allegations, Rivera was part of a scheme to funnel campaign contributions to Justin Lamar Sternad, a straw candidate running against Democrat Joe Garcia in the 2012 Democratic primary for the South Florida congressional seat Rivera then held.

The move was designed to weaken Garcia, who would later beat Rivera in the general election. Both Sternad and Ana Alliegro, a GOP operative working with Rivera, did jail time. Rivera was not charged but is now being sued by the FEC over the issue.
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