Thrower, 31, of Pompano Beach, pleaded not guilty to three counts of unlawful compensation and one of bribery. The four felony charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison each and fines of up to $40,000.
“Mr. Thrower has until Nov. 24 to make a decision on that plea offer,” Broward Assistant State Attorney David Schulson told reporters. Thrower is free on bond.
Contractor Lynn Allison complained to the State Attorney’s Office in September 2009 after she said Thrower began demanding that she make a $2,000-a-m month “contribution to the community.” The money was to be paid each month to Thrower — if she wanted to keep her $200,000 annual contract with the city.
Thrower claimed he was able to use his role on the CRA to create difficulties for her and her staff in keep the contract, witnesses told prosecutors in sworn statements.
Thrower was the chairman of the city’s advisory board for the northwest CRA and was also appointed to Broward County’s Small Business Advisory Board. He resigned from all of the boards in March.