Former Homestead mayor pleads not guilty
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Former Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges filed against him last month.
In an arraignment Tuesday morning attorneys for Batemen presented a written plea of not guilty. Bateman, who was not at the hearing, was charged in late August with unlawful compensation.
Officials said Bateman had a secret consulting job with a nonprofit organization that paid him $125-an-hour. Prosecutors said Bateman was employed by Community Health of South Florida Inc., which he allegedly did work for and lobbied for. Officials said he never made this public.
Bateman was elected mayor of Homestead in 2009.
The next hearing date is scheduled for Nov. 4.
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