Miami building owner charged with paying bribes to city fire inspector

The owner of a downtown Miami office building was charged Friday with paying thousands of dollars in bribes to a city fire inspector to remove code violations for blocked exits.

Dvir Derhy, owner of the Flagler Building Downtown, pleaded not guilty to the bribery charge and was granted a $100,000 bond in Miami federal court, according to his defense attorney, Andrew Levi.

Derhy, 46, has been charged by information, which means he plans to resolve the case with an eventual guilty plea to the alleged misconduct over the past year at the 223 Flagler St. building.

He faces up to 10 years in prison for the offense but is likely to receive a much shorter sentence.