FBI, IRS Investigating Rep. Rivera For Possible Tax Evasion

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July 25, 2011 7:10 a.m.

Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) is facing a federal investigation over allegations he didn’t pay taxes on a secret million-dollar contract he signed in 2006 between as casino and a company started by his mother, the Associated Press reported.Rivera was already facing a probe by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, which was reportedly looking into his relationship with a political consultant who had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees from Rivera’s political campaigns and committees since 2006.

The various investigations into Rivera have done damage to his fundraising capabilities — he raised just $33,000 in the second quarter, down from $75,000 in the first quarter of the year — and Democrat Luis Garcia recently announced he’s running for Rivera’s seat.

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