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A supermarket tabloid reporter has been indicted for allegedly offering a bribe to a handwriting expert for a copy of the JonBenet Ramsey ransom note, authorities said Monday.

Craig Lewis, a reporter with the Globe, was indicted Thursday on charges of commercial bribery and criminal extortion. If convicted, he could be imprisoned for up to six years and fined up to $500,000.

According to the indictment, Lewis in April 1997 allegedly offered $30,000 to Donald Vacca, a former Denver police officer and handwriting expert who was working for John and Patricia Ramsey, the parents of the slain 6-year-old child beauty queen.

The December 1996 murder of JonBenet in Boulder, Colo., attracted intense media attention. Reporters were seeking information on the ransom note in particular.

No one has been arrested in the slaying.

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