Unraveling Rep. David Rivera's maze of campaign finances
On Jan. 3, 2011, days before taking his seat in Congress, Miami Republican David Rivera filed financial documents in Washington he said would "dispel any speculation" about his personal finances.
But the documents didn't mention the $18,000 Rivera owed at the time to his mother's business partner, records show. One day after filing the forms, according to the records, Rivera received $20,000 from his mother, put it in a campaign account, and later used the money to pay off the business partner's loan.
This was one example of the financial maze the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office encountered in their 18-month investigation of the congressman's finances. The agencies closed their investigation of Rivera last week without filing criminal charges against him.
Rivera, who has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, remains under investigation by the FBI and IRS.
In a memo wrapping up their case, Miami-Dade prosecutors said Rivera "essentially live(d) off" campaign contributions for almost a decade while serving as a part-time state lawmaker, paying mortgages on four different properties and jetting around the globe though he never held a full-time job or earned more than $28,000 a year.
So how did he do it?