Ex-commissioner in Florida city gets 5 years for corruption

Ex-commissioner in Florida city gets 5 years for corruption
Court records show that 56-year-old David McLean was sentenced Tuesday in Broward County Circuit Court. (Source: Broward County Sheriff's Department)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former city commissioner in Florida has been sentenced to five years in state prison for a corruption case related to a tiki bar he operated in a strip mall.

Court records show that 56-year-old David McLean was sentenced Tuesday in Broward County Circuit Court. He was convicted last month if bribery, official misconduct and theft charges. McLean was a commissioner in the South Florida city of Margate.

Trial evidence showed McLean used his influence to do city favors for the tiki bar's landlord. In return, the landlord forgave about $8,000 in rent and made another $6,000 in cash payments.

McLean previously was convicted of similar charges in federal court, but an appeals court overturned the verdict because no federal money was involved.

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