A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of a former South Florida congressional candidate in an election fraud case with links to U.S. Rep. David Rivera.
Justin Lamar Sternad pleaded guilty in March to federal campaign violations, including accepting illegal contributions and filing false reports. In court papers, his attorney said his client was a pawn in a bigger political game. Sternad is seeking probation for his cooperation in an investigation surrounding Rivera's failed re-election bid last year. That probe involves allegations that Rivera secretly financed Sternad's campaign to weaken his Democratic rival, Joe Garcia.
Rivera has repeatedly denied any connection to Sternad, a night desk clerk at a Miami Beach hotel.
A judge granted a request from Sternad's attorney Monday for a 90-day continuance. The lawyer cited his client's cooperation with federal investigators and disagreement with prosecutors over sentencing.