Dominic Verdi appears in federal court, pleads not guilty

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April 2, 2014 3:48:02 PM PDT
Former Philadelphia licenses and inspections deputy commissioner Dominic Verdi left court after pleading not guilty Wednesday.

He was indicted Tuesday on federal extortion and fraud charges.

Prosecutors say Verdi used his position to protect businesses that bought from his beer distributorship in South Philadelphia.

If convicted, Verdi faces a maximum possible sentence of 140 years in prison, three years supervised release, a maximum fine of $1.75 million, and a $700 special assessment.

He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.