FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – The sentencing for a former South Florida congressional candidate who admitted to election fraud has been delayed for 90 days.

A judge said she needed time to consider the government’s lighter sentencing recommendation. Prosecutors say Justin Lamar Sernad has been a substantial help in the ongoing investigation.

Last March, Sternad pleaded guilty to federal campaign violations, including accepting illegal contributions and filing false reports.

The case involves allegations that former U.S. Rep. David Rivera secretly financed Sternad’s campaign to weaken his Democratic rival, Joe Garcia. Rivera has repeatedly denied any connection to Sternad, a one-time night auditor at a Miami Beach hotel.

Sternad faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. Federal prosecutors are seeking a much lighter sentence. Sternad himself is seeking probation for his cooperation with authorities.

(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE