Just how many other recordings, if any, Alliegro made is unclear. So is the other evidence in the case.
Federal court documents show how Sternad’s co-conspirators steered illegal cash and checks to fund his candidacy, which officially ended Aug. 14 when he lost the Democratic primary to Joe Garcia in the Key West-to-Kendall seat.
Sternad’s candidacy was dedicated at times to trashing Garcia, a rival of Rivera, who lost to Garcia in the general election in November.
Sternad is cooperating with prosecutors, who asked a federal judge Thursday to sentence him below federal guidelines because of his assistance in the case.
The FBI began investigating Sternad after The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald ran a series of reports questioning how he could afford so many campaign expenditures that weren’t reported. Alliegro’s involvement in the Democrat’s campaign was suspicious because she’s a Republican consultant.
Two campaign vendors told The Herald and El Nuevo Herald last year that Alliegro and Rivera were behind Sternad’s campaign all along.
Alliegro began speaking up recently and gave an interview last month to Miami New Times, denying wrongdoing.
She has told others that she recorded Rivera, who has maintained contact with Alliegro in Nicaragua.
Rivera has been quietly seeking legal counsel and banking on the fact that Alliegro has been erratic — which has become a tormenting double-edged sword for him.
Before she stopped speaking to El Nuevo Herald and The Herald, Alliegro said she was not going to be a political punching bag.
“This is a movie,” Alliegro said. “And I am not going to take a fall for anyone, not even David.”