Former Margate Official Sentenced in Corruption Case

A former Margate city commissioner convicted of accepting cash in exchange for political favors was sentenced to five years in prison.

In a statement, the State Attorney for Florida's 17th judicial circuit, Michael J. Satz, said 56-year-old David McLean will serve five years in state prison followed by four years of probation over the public corruption charges.

A jury convicted McLean of one count of bribery by a public servant; two counts of unlawful compensation; three counts of official misconduct; and one count of theft – all felony charges.

A judge also ordered McLean to pay restitution and the cost of prosecution not yet determined.

"McLean was accused of using his influence as an elected official to secure political favors for his landlord at a strip mall on State Road 7 in Margate where McLean ran a tiki bar," Katz's statement reads. "In exchange, the landlord gave McLean cash payments, the jury found."

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