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Ex-deputy prosecutor facing bribery claims

– A former Marion County deputy prosecutor has offered to provide federal authorities with evidence that could lead to corruption charges against other current and former Indianapolis officials, U.S. attorneys said Monday.

U.S Attorney Joe Hogsett told reporters at a news conference that David Wyser, 53, had agreed to cooperate with investigators as part of a potential plea deal on public corruption charges.

Wyser could face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

Wyser was the top deputy prosecutor under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who didn’t return phone calls and emails from The Associated Press.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or who you were,” Hogsett said. “It doesn’t matter who your friends were or happen to be.”

Federal prosecutors allege Wyser accepted a $2,500 bribe in 2009 to reduce the 70-year sentence of a prisoner convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They say the money, which came from the prisoner’s father, went toward Wyser’s campaign for prosecutor of suburban Hamilton County.

“It’s very sad to prosecute a prosecutor,” said Zachary Myers, federal prosecutor.