Muncie, Indiana Mayor Dennis Tyler has been arrested by the FBI and charged with theft of government funds.
As a result, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Dennis Tyler is a Democrat.
Authorities held a press conference discussing the arrest.
Starpress reports Democrat Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler was arrested Monday by FBI agents at his northside home.
‘I can confirm an arrest warrant was executed at the home of Mayor Dennis Tyler this morning and he is currently in custody,” Christine Bavender, a spokesperson for the FBI, told The Star Press.
The doors to the mayor’s wing at City Hall, normally open during business hours, were closed about 9 a.m. Monday. A sign that frequently hangs on that door when the offices are closed said, “Out to lunch. Will return shortly.”
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler scheduled a press conference, with FBI agents, to discuss the arrest and charges. Tyler is accused of accepting a $5,000 bribe in exchange for what federal authorities said was “steering lucrative excavation work to a local contractor.”
According to the indictment, Tyler received the cash from Tracy Barton, the Muncie Sanitary District’s superintendent of sewer maintenance and engineering, for “awarding of contracts under Tyler’s influence.”
A federal investigation of allegations of corruption in and near the Tyler administration has been under way for nearly four years.
The probe apparently began in early 2016 with allegations against Craig Nichols, at that time Tyler’s building commissioner.
Last January, Nichols pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering, and was sentenced to two years in federal prison.
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