Muncie, Ind. — Mayor Dennis Tyler, a Democrat nearing the end of his second term in office — was arrested Monday by the FBI as part of a sprawling public corruption probe that has snared several officials in his administration.
The indictment charges Tyler, 76, with one count of theft of government funds, Fox 59 Indianapolis reported.
Prosecutors alleged he accepted $5,000 from a sanitation department official in exchange for using his influence in the awarding of contracts, according to the station.
The charge would carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Tyler appeared in court Monday and was released on undisclosed conditions, the station reported.
Indianapolis U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler planned to provide more details about Tyler’s arrest at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Earlier, FBI Indiana spokeswoman Chris Bavender told Fox News that Tyler was arrested at his home at 7:30 a.m. local time.
“I can confirm an arrest warrant was executed at the home of Mayor Dennis Tyler this morning and he is currently in custody,” she said.
Tyler was elected mayor in 2011. He didn’t run for reelection this year.
The FBI raided City Hall offices in 2017 as it investigated Craig Nicholas, a former building commissioner, and the awarding of no-bid contracts to demolition companies he owned, Fox 59 reported.
After he pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal crimes, he was sentenced to two years in prison, the station reported.
The FBI also targeted officials working in the Muncie sanitation department, according to the station.