Former Marion Co. chief deputy prosecutor pleads guilty to bribery charge

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Former Marion County chief deputy prosecutor David Wyser was charged Monday with bribery by U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett.

“For the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners, announcements such as this are about one thing, and one thing only: upholding the rule of law,” Hogsett said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what personal politics you may hold. If you violate the public’s trust, we will hold you fully accountable.”

Hogsett said Wyser accepted a campaign contribution as a reward for modifying the prison sentence of convicted killer Paula Willoughby.

Willoughby was released in the summer of 2009, after serving 17 years for conspiring to murder her husband, Darrell Willoughby, in 1991. The woman’s family spent several years lobbying for her early release from prison.

In 2009, authorities said Wyser accepted a $2,500 check from Willoughby’s father, millionaire industrialist Harrison Epperly, for his Hamilton County prosecutor’s campaign.  A month later, Wyser signed the agreement to release Willoughby from jail.

At the time, Wyser, who served as the Marion Co. chief deputy prosecutor from 2005 to 2010, told Fox59 News he did nothing improper and would do it again.  Following a Fox59 News investigating in February 2010, Wyser lost his bid to become Hamilton County prosecutor.  Wyser recently resigned as a deputy prosecutor in Madison County.

“Public Corruption is the FBI criminal program’s top priority because it poses a fundamental threat to our judicial system and the pursuit of justice,” added FBI special agent in charge Robert Jones.

The recent charges open the door for Wyser to enter a guilty plea and provide information against former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who is currently under federal investigation for multiple corruption allegations.