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From a shooting to shoplifting, David Rivera's pal in FBI probe has checkered past



When Justin Lamar Sternad met Ana Sol Alliegro at a Kendall Ale House, he didn't know the political consultant would help lead his campaign into the FBI's crosshairs or that she had prior legal run-ins — including the time she shot at her ex-husband while naked.

Alliegro is a key figure in a federal investigation of Sternad's campaign finances that focuses on the funneling of tens of thousands in cash tied to U.S. Rep. David Rivera.

Authorities believe Rivera and Alliegro, both Republicans, helped the Democratic Sternad undermine a political rival in his recent congressional primary race.

"Politics is rough and I play like it," Alliegro, 42, once tweeted on Twitter.

Now she's missing or has been in hiding for the past two weeks, according to her family and lawyer, who said they're "worried" about her.

A self-described "Republican bad girl," Alliegro doesn't appear to be cooperating with authorities investigating Sternad's campaign. The political newcomer and part-time hotel worker lost the Aug. 14 Democratic primary race to Rivera rival Joe Garcia, who faces Rivera in the Nov. 6 general election for the Kendall-to-Key West seat. (story here)

[Last modified: Monday, September 24, 2012 9:08pm]


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