Published: Aug 24, 2010 10:03 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 24, 2010 4:03 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) - A former Cape Coral city councilman accused of stealing from clients has been sentenced to probation after prosecutors dropped the most serious charges against him.

As part of a plea agreement, 45-year-old Eric Grill pleaded guilty Tuesday to making a false statement. Grill, who works in construction, reportedly provided a customer with a document containing false information regarding payments to subcontractors.

Grill was initially arrested in December and charged with three felony counts related to fraud and grand theft. The Lee County Sheriff's Office said Grill transferred thousands of dollars paid to his business, Grand Cape Construction, into his personal account.

Prosecutors ultimately said those charges were legally insufficient, but the governor removed Grill from his council seat in February.