Mansi, Indiana, Mayor Dennis Tyler, a Democrat close to the end of his second term, was arrested on Monday by the FBI as part of an extensive investigation into public corruption that arrested several officials in his administration.
The prosecution accuses Tyler, 76, of stealing public funds, Fox 59 Indianapolis reports.
Prosecutors claimed that he accepted $ 5,000 from a health officer in exchange for using his influence in contracting, according to the station.
The charge will carry a maximum term of 10 years in prison.
Tyler appeared in court on Monday and was released on unknown conditions.
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US Indianapolis lawyer Josh Minkler planned to provide more details about Tyler’s arrest at a press conference Monday afternoon.
Chris Bawender, an FBI spokeswoman for Indiana, told Fox News earlier that Tyler was arrested at home at 7:30 a.m. local time.
“I can confirm that the arrest warrant was executed this morning at Mayor Dennis Tyler’s house and is currently in custody,” she said.
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Tyler was elected mayor in 2011. He did not run for election this year.
Fox 59 reported that the FBI ransacked City Hall offices in 2017 when it investigated Craig Nicholas, the former construction commissioner, and awarded contracts without the involvement of traded subversive companies.
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After pleading guilty to federal crimes in 2018, he was sentenced to two years in prison, the station said.
According to the station, the FBI was also targeted at officials working in Mansi's sanitation department.