- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - A judge has pronounced a former South Florida mayor guilty on one of two felony corruptions charges more than a month after a jury convicted him.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Robert Luck announced his decision Thursday. Jurors found former Homestead mayor Steven Bateman guilty in September of two felony counts of illegal compensation and one misdemeanor count of illegal lobbying. Luck dismissed one of the felony counts, but left the other felony and misdemeanor conviction.

Prosecutors say Bateman illegally took a $125-an-hour consulting job with a health company while using his position as mayor to gain necessary city and county permits for the company’s proposed children’s center in Homestead.

The Miami Herald (https://goo.gl/EPJHMD) reports that Bateman was suspended by Gov. Rick Scott after he was charged and unsuccessfully sought re-election. He was first elected in 2009.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com


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