Tennessee Waltz: Ford Wants Wiretaps Thrown Out

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former state Sen. John Ford is arguing in Nashville federal court that wiretaps from an undercover bribery investigation should not be used against him in an unrelated criminal case.

Ford is currently accused of misreporting $800,000 in payments from private contractors with TennCare, the state's heath insurance program for the poor.

He was convicted in April of taking $55,000 in bribes in the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting.

Ford's attorneys say investigators should not have wiretapped many of the conversations that had nothing to do with the Tennessee Waltz corruption case.

Prosecutors say their wiretap warrants covered wire fraud, which is also alleged in the TennCare case.

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