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No charges to be filed against David Rivera



rivera.jpgU.S. Rep. David Rivera will not face criminal charges following an 18-month investigation of his personal and campaign finances by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to the Miami Herald.

Though records released late Monday show FDLE last year suspected Rivera of "possible criminal and ethical violations," ranging from campaign fraud to falsifying financial disclosure forms, prosecutors have concluded that they cannot charge the Miami congressman with any crimes because of ambiguities in the state's campaign finance laws and a shortened statute of limitations that barred prosecution for expenses more than two years old.

Prosecutors also concluded that Rivera did not break any laws by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in secret donations to a campaign for an obscure post within the state Republican Party. The state attorney's office is expected to issue a memo formally closing the investigation in coming days.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 6:33pm]


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