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Ex-Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler set for sentencing after plea deal in government funds

Dennis Tyler was arrested in 2019 after the FBI served a search warrant at his home.

INDIANAPOLIS — EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video is a previous report about Dennis Tyler being taken into police custody.

A former Indiana mayor is set to find out his punishment next month on federal charges of taking a bribe in exchange for steering city projects to a contractor.

Former Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler reached an agreement with federal prosecutors in May to plead guilty to a count of theft of government funds. In the plea agreement, Tyler admitted to receiving $5,000 in 2015 to direct nearly $110,000 in demolition work to an unnamed company.

His sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 10 in Indianapolis. Tyler, a Democrat, was indicted in the bribery case in late 2019 just weeks before his eight years as Muncie's mayor ended.

Tyler and nearly a dozen others were arrested as a result of "Operation Public Trust," a years-long federal investigation into Muncie city officials that began in 2016.

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