Margate City Commissioner David McLean Indicted on Bribery Charges

David McLean accused of accepting bribes in exchange for influence in awards for city license and construction grant

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Apr 4, 2013  |  Updated 8:21 AM EDT
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A Margate City Commissioner has been indicted on federal bribery charges after he accepted thousands of dollars in cash to influence the award of a city license and construction grant, prosecutors said Wednesday.

David McLean, 50, made his initial court appearance Wednesday to face three bribery counts, prosecutors said. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count.

McLean, who is also a board member of the Margate Community Redevelopment Agency Board, is accused of accepting $1,000 in cash and an $8,000 release of back rent in May 2012 in exchange for his influence in the awarding of a city occupational license, prosecutors said.

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In November 2012, McLean accepted $3,000 in cash in exchange for his influence in connection with a $25,000 MCRA construction grant, prosecutors said. He accepted another $2,000 in connection with the same grant in January, prosecutors said.

McLean pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court.

In a statement released Wednesday, Margate City Manager Jerry Blough said the charges against McLean related to "isolated incidents" and said no other city employee or elected officials are involved.

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"The City of Margate will cooperate fully with the Assistant U.S. Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who investigated these incidents," Blough said. "The City recognizes as should the public, that we will continue to do the public’s business with the utmost of integrity, and that our responsibilities and trust are larger than any one person."

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