Liquor officials in Florida say they will deny a liquor license to Prince George's County Council member Anthony J. Cicoria because of a false statement he made in a sworn affidavit.

Deborah Gray, who heads the Palm Beach County office of the Florida Beverage Control Board, said Cicoria responded "no" to a written question asking if he had ever been charged with a crime.

At the time, Cicoria and his wife, Catherine, who submitted a similar affidavit, were under indictment in Maryland on theft and tax charges.

In an interview last week, Cicoria said he misunderstood the question and did not intentionally file a false statement.

In April, the liquor board granted a 90-day temporary license to the Cicorias and his mother, Mary, to take over ownership of Congress Liquors in West Palm Beach. The license expires in July.

Gray said the state has no plans to pursue criminal charges against the Cicorias for filing false statements. "The important thing now is to deny this license," she said.

Last week, Cicoria scored a small legal victory in Maryland when prosecutors dropped two of the seven criminal charges pending against him, saying he could not be held responsible for false campaign reports filed on his behalf.

Cicoria still faces a theft charge and three counts of filing false state income tax returns. His wife faces the same charges, plus an additional seven counts of perjury.