|U.S. House, Florida, District 26|
|High school||Bellevue East High School (1995)|
|Associate's||Miami-Dade North Campus (2003)|
|Place of birth||Omaha, Nebraska|
Sternad was born in Omaha, NE.He attended Bellevue East High School. He earned a degree in funeral services from The W. L. Philbrick School of Funeral Service Education, at Miami-Dade in 2003. Sternad is the Head Hotel Auditor, The Wyndham Garden Hotel in South Beach, FL.
Campaign finance scandal
During the primary stage of the 2012 election season, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald identified discrepancies in Sternad's campaign finance reports. Beginning in August 2012, the newspapers' coverage of Sternad's alleged campaign funding crimes also brought former Republican Congressman David Rivera, who reportedly helped finance mailers attacking Sternad's primary opponent Joe Garcia, among other expensive maneuvers executed by the Sternad campaign, to the attention of federal law enforcement authorities. Garcia ultimately defeated Rivera in the general election on November 6, 2012. Subsequent investigations by the FBI and the Federal Election Commission resulted in Sternad's indictment on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and concealing the source of unreported campaign funds. Sternad surrendered to federal authorities on February 22, 2013 following a FBI and grand jury investigation which explored Rivera's involvement in the scheme. However it did not produce any charges against Rivera, who denied links to any illegal activity and whose name did not appear in Sternad's indictment. According to The Miami Herald, this is due to the missing testimony of Rivera's close friend as well as Sternad's campaign manager, Ana Alliegro. Alliegro went underground after failing to show up to her meeting with the FBI in September 2012 in which she would have been required to explain eyewitness accounts alleging she funneled the cash from Rivera to Sternad's campaign.
Sternad ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 26th District. Sternad sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Sternad was defeated by Joe Garcia in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.
- AP Results, "U.S. House Results," accessed August 14, 2012
- Justin Sternad for Congress, "Justin Sternad" accessed February 15, 2012 (timed out)
- The Miami Herald, "Amid FBI probe, GOP prepares for Rivera indictment, loss and future successors," October 2, 2013
- The Miami Herald, "Suspect in David Rivera campaign-finance scandal charged Friday with federal crimes," February 21, 2013 (dead link)
- Miami Herald, "Rivera suspends congressional campaign," accessed July 15, 2014 (dead link)
- CBS News, "Failed Florida House Candidate Sentenced," accessed July 16, 2014
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