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US Mayor of Muncie, Indiana arrested by the FBI amid corruption probe

17:40  18 november  2019
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Two locals were arrested , with four locations being raided by FBI Tuesday afternoon during a corruption investigation into the Muncie City government. Muncie Star Press.

A Muncie businessman has been indicted in the ongoing federal investigation of Mayor Dennis Tyler’s administration and the Muncie Sanitary District. Barber became the fourth person charged in connection with the federal investigation that began at least three years ago.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Muncie, Indiana Mayor Dennis Tyler was arrested Monday morning by the FBI.© City of Muncie Muncie, Indiana Mayor Dennis Tyler was arrested Monday morning by the FBI.

Dennis Tyler, the Democratic mayor of Muncie, Indiana, was arrested at his home on Monday morning, according to the FBI.

An arrest warrant was executed at Tyler's home at 7:30 a.m., according to Chris Bavender, spokeswoman with the FBI in Indianapolis. Tyler is currently in FBI custody, Bavender said.

Bavender referred any additional questions to the US Attorney's Office, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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A Muncie city official and a local contractor have been indicted on federal charges that are the latest to come out of a probe of public corruption in the central Indiana Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Debra Nicole Grigsby of Muncie and 60-year-old Tony Franklin of Yorktown were arrested Tuesday.

►TIMELINE: FBI probe into city of Muncie . With Friday's deal to reopen the federal government, at least temporarily, perhaps more light will be shed on the current status of the local FBI investigation . However, the agency is often taciturn about its probes , particularly those that are still being conducted.

Tyler's administration has been under scrutiny for several years now as investigators conducted a federal corruption probe, CNN affiliate WXIN reported. Earlier this year, the city's former building commissioner was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and money laundering, WXIN reported.

Tyler, who grew up in Muncie and worked as a line captain for the Muncie Fire Department, has led the city as mayor since 2012. He did not run for reelection earlier this month, and Republican Dan Ridenour was elected to take over as mayor in 2020.

Muncie, a city northeast of Indianapolis, has a population of about 70,000 people.

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