Published: Apr 04, 2013 11:17 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida city official has been charged with accepting thousands of dollars in bribes in return for his alleged influence on a city license and a development grant.
Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Margate city commissioner David McLean was indicted on three bribery counts. Each carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
Authorities say McLean accepted $1,000 in cash and forgiveness of $8,000 in back rent from a shopping center owner in exchange for the award of a city occupational license. He also allegedly accepted $5,000 in two separate bribes from the same owner to use his influence over a $25,000 city redevelopment construction grant.
McLean pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court. His attorney didn't immediately respond to an email seeking additional comment.

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